The Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomes the launch of the latest build of the Self Evident app (16 October 2015) as it will increase reporting, boost confidence, reduce repeat offending and strengthen support for victims.
The new build
- enables repeat, disabled and vulnerable victims to identify themselves to the police
- categorises types of hate crime
- provides improved accessibility, and
- ensures victims of hate crime in London & Sussex who do not wish to report the incident to the police can log it confidentially and also access specialist help.
The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime and the Sussex PCC are meeting the costs of the new build and of hate crime reports, evidence and support in London and Sussex over the coming year.
Separately the Met Police has just published Safer Together, a major report it commissioned from the Royal Society of Arts on the future of policing in London. This recognises that "the public themselves are increasingly eyes and ears, providing surveillance of social order. An app by Witness Confident captures witness material that could have very high utility for police investigations and risk analysis, albeit with the right safeguards in place so that people avoid danger". In his foreword, the Commissioner welcomes the report as offering "a renewed approach to 'policing by consent' in a city that is both global and digital. It commits us all to achieving a collective impact - ensuring safety for all who are part of this city's story".