Safer Westminster Partnership BME Consultation Findings 27 th

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Safer Westminster Partnership BME Consultation Findings 27 th February 2007

Safer Westminster Partnership BME Consultation Findings 27 th February 2007

Methodology • Quantitative: 270 face-to-face interviews • Qualitative: 24 in-depth interviews • Qualitative: Five

Methodology • Quantitative: 270 face-to-face interviews • Qualitative: 24 in-depth interviews • Qualitative: Five focus groups • Sample size of 334

BME Consultation Findings Experiences of Racist Crime • Overall, 18% of respondents had experienced

BME Consultation Findings Experiences of Racist Crime • Overall, 18% of respondents had experienced racist hate crime • When exploring the nature of racist crime 75% took the form of racial slurs / verbal abuse • The ethnic groups that most commonly experience racist hate crime are Bangladeshis (27%), Eastern Europeans (25%), Pakistanis (23%) and Black Caribbeans (23%)

BME Consultation Findings Barriers and Motivations to Reporting • Just over a third of

BME Consultation Findings Barriers and Motivations to Reporting • Just over a third of victims did not report the race hate incident to the police, as they think the incident would not be taken seriously enough • The two main barriers to reporting racist hate crime are fear of reprisals (37%) and not wanting to go to court (27%) • Key motivators to reporting racist hate crime are, the guarantee of confidentiality (72%) followed by better care of victims (55%) and better information about what a racist incident is (41%). No information at all…our knowledge of police is poor and we don’t have anyone to speak for us (Polish, male, 24 yrs)

BME Consultation Findings Attitudes towards Westminster and the Council • Overall, Westminster’s ethnic residents

BME Consultation Findings Attitudes towards Westminster and the Council • Overall, Westminster’s ethnic residents are positive about Westminster City Council (48%) and one quarter have no views either way. This is reinforced by people feeling satisfied with Westminster as a place to live (75%)

BME Consultation Findings Attitudes towards Westminster and the Authorities • Around a third of

BME Consultation Findings Attitudes towards Westminster and the Authorities • Around a third of those interviewed feel positive towards and a third are critical of the police (30% and 34%) I think that the police would just tick the box to say they have had incidents but that’s it – I don’t know how they could catch anyone (Pakistani, male, 24 yrs) I did not call the police because I thought society is the same so why should the police care (Paskistani, male, 33 yrs)

What we have we done in Year 1 • Revised the Racist Incidents Panel

What we have we done in Year 1 • Revised the Racist Incidents Panel - More functional - Better outcomes - Better information Sharing • Visits to mosques - 5 mosques visited - Literature distributed on how to report in 4 languages • Racist Incidents Working Group formed - Action plan developed - Internal hate crime training undertaken for frontline staff • BME Consultation undertaken - Commissioned & completed - First BME consultation since WEMNA (2002/03)

What we need to do in Years 2 & 3 • Partnership working -

What we need to do in Years 2 & 3 • Partnership working - More reports from schools - More reports from City West Homes • Communicate & Re-assure - Sustained communication campaign (to educate) - Work through all operational police (to re-assure) • Outreach work - Race & Faith workers now in CDRT, VAW, CAB etc. - Engage community groups regularly • Improve and increase support to victims - Need to expand capacity of victim support services - View victim support as an outcome, not an ancillary service

Weaknesses and Threats • Lack of reports (Schools, City West) • Police positive follow

Weaknesses and Threats • Lack of reports (Schools, City West) • Police positive follow up policy • Partnership awareness • Resources (e. g. Pump Priming only)