Hate crime

Part of: Policing on the beat Protecting people from violence and abuse Victims and resolutions

Before the EU referendum in 2016, the former Home Secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) to carry out an inspection of police forces’ understanding of, and response to, hate crime of all types.

Our work began with a preliminary scoping study, published in November 2017.

The purpose of this study was to review what work had already been done in this area, and to propose priority areas for the inspection fieldwork.

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Hate Crime scoping study

Based on this study, we decided to focus on the initial response to reports of hate crime.

The inspection examined how well forces understand all types of hate crime and how effective they are in identifying and recording hate crime and safeguarding victims.

One of the main aims of this inspection was to identify good ways of working which forces could consider when assessing their own approach to hate crime.

We make several recommendations in this report which, if implemented, will improve forces responses to hate crime and make everyone safer.

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Understanding difference: the police’s initial response to hate crime

Further information

If you, or someone you know, is affected by any of the issues in this report, help is available.

If you have been a victim of a hate crime, you should report it to your local police force by calling:

  • 999 in an emergency; or
  • 101 in a non-emergency.

There at also a range of agencies who provide support and advice. Please visit True Vision’s website for a full list of agencies.