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Crime victims who don’t speak English may soon ‘be prioritised by police’, says Met Deputy Commissioner



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Crime victims who don’t speak English may soon ‘be prioritised by police’, says Met Deputy Commissioner

Deputy Commissioner for the Met Police – Craig Mackey – suggested which victims got face-to-face visits would depend on how ‘vulnerable’ they were

A TOP cop says victims of crime who don’t speak English could be prioritised over those who speak the language.

Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner for the Met Police, said which victims got face-to-face visits would depend on how “vulnerable” they were.

Craig Mackey, deputy commissioner for the Met Police, has suggested that victims got visits from officers would depend on how ‘vulnerable’ they were

He told the Evening Standard last night: “It’s absolutely feasible as we go forward that if my neighbour is a vulnerable elderly person who has experienced a particular type of crime, that she gets a face-to-face service that I don’t get.

“So we triage things, we assess people’s vulnerability.

“Vulnerability can manifest itself in a number of ways: people with learning difficulties, a whole range of things, some people for whom English isn’t a first language.

“That’s about how we get those resources focused on the things you can make a difference with. But also as we go forward, as demand grows, you have to have a way of controlling and triaging.”

He said the Met was looking at flogging certain police stations, offices and other sites to save costs.

The force has had to save £600million over the last four years and needs to find another £400million by 2020.

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