COMMUNITY SAFETY PATROL
We are proud to say that last year we facilitated 22 arrests following anti-Semitic incidents, of which 11 resulted in prosecutions. Victims of anti-Semitic crimes who receive support from Shomrim are much more likely to see the perpetrators brought to justice than the national average.Many victims of hate crime feel uncomfortable going forward to bring their stories to the police. Even if they do so, the police often lack the resources to follow up with the leads and gather evidence.
Following anti-Semitic incidents, Shomrim are frequently the first on the scene, gathering evidence and giving the victims constructive advice on how to bring a statement to the police. We remain at the victim’s side through the stressful process of bringing a complaint and giving witness testimony in court.
Throughout, Shomrim’s role in supporting the victims is vital, bridging cultural gaps between the Orthodox Jewish community and the legal system, maximising the chances of a successful prosecution.
Anti-Semitic incidents reported to Shomrim include many instances of verbal abuse, often shouted from passing vehicles, and aimed at children or schools. While these do not always result in prosecution, Shomrim’s care to make certain every incident is documented and reported ensures that the police have an accurate picture of the challenges faced by the Jewish community.Shomrim’s goal is a London where everyone can go about their daily business without fear of suffering abuse because of their religion or ethnicity.
Our Child Safeguarding Lead works closely with the police and local authorities to implement culturally sensitive interventions, protecting vulnerable children from harm, while minimizing the upheaval and turbulence in their lives, and their siblings’ lives.
As in the field of security and crime prevention, Shomrim plays an invaluable role in bridging the cultural divide between social services and the strictly Orthodox Jewish community. Using our detailed knowledge of the local community and excellent working relationship with the local authority, Shomrim are able to identify suitable households to place at-risk children, on a permanent or temporary basis.
Shomrim’s role in bridging this gap is essential, both in in preventing an oppositional relationship with local child-welfare services, and providing effective action to keep our children safe.
Shomrim members are familiar with every inch of the local area and can mobilise dozens of volunteers on the street to perform a full sweep, finding missing people before they come to harm.
In addition, we are able to use our channels of communication to circulate missing people notices, thereby harnessing the joint resources the entire community.
Last year, Shomrim successfully located 28 missing persons. This included elderly people suffering from dementia, young children, and people suffering from depression or other mental health problems.