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.
HMICFRS has begun this programme of work on hate crime with a scoping study, which has informed more detailed inspection activity scheduled to take place in our 2017/18 inspection programme. In addition, HMICFRS will be supporting Her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Inspectorate (HMCPSI) in an inspection of disability hate crime.
The scoping study concludes that hate crime is a wide and complex subject matter for inspection. For this reason, the programme of work should be flexible and incremental, and as this is the first stage of an anticipated programme of work, the concentration should be on the initial engagement of the victim with the police service.