The London Hate Crime Stall made it’s first official appearance at The List LGBT Volunteering Fair hosted by The List LGBT Network on Tuesday 26th April 2016 at Hogan Lovells International LLP, London.
The event was organised to provide people with an opportunity to meet a range of charities and community groups, to find out how to get involved as a volunteer, alongside an evening of informal networking and drinks.
The 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign was invited along with Diversity Role Models, Pride in London, Positive East, Switchboard – the LGBT helpline, Terrence Higgins Trust, Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, Human Dignity Trust, Living Well CIC, Rainbow Head, Just Like Us, Opening Doors London, MayFly, Mildmay, Family and Friends of Lesbians And Gays FFLAG and ELOP.
It was a great opportunity to network with other organisations and meet a variety of people interested in volunteering.
We signed up fifteen people to our volunteers mailing list and handed out half a box of London Hate Crime Reporting Cards. People also picked up some of the other leaflets displayed on the stall.
17-24-30 is recruiting volunteers to help with our regular events including the April Acts of Remembrance #AAR, the National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW and our new H.O.P.E. hate crime awareness projects.
This year we want to start developing the charity so we are looking for people interested in joining our Management Committee and assisting us to take the charity to the next level.
Recent Metropolitan Police Service figures reported on the Met Police website show that reported homophobic hate crime has increased by 19.4%, rising from 1,559 cases (April 2014 to March 2015) to 1,861 cases between (April 2015 to March 2016).
Whilst a 20% increase in reported hate crime appears to be bad news – it is actually good news as it indicates more people are confident reporting to the Police.
A 20% increase in reported hate crime is actually good news as it indicates more people are confident reporting to the police.
However – an increase in reports alone is not enough – we need to ensure that the Police are solving the cases that are reported to them. This is reflected in the sanction detection rate – which is not shown on the website above.
What we need to see is a sanction detection rate being either maintained or preferably increased across the capital – if it starts falling then that indicates that the community has cause for concern.
The annual Crime Survey England and Wales informs us that there is still a big difference between the actual level of hate crime take place and the level of ‘reported’ hate crime being recorded.
There is still a big difference between the actual level of hate crime taking place and the level of ‘reported’ hate crime being recorded.
We need to keep encouraging people to report hate crime until we close the huge gap between these two figures, which is why 17-24-30 is running it’s London wide hate crime reporting campaign.
If you would like to get involved contact us here.