Many victims of hate crime do not report these offences, and the police are actively seeking to increase the crime recording rate. Confidence in the police is likely to be lower among communities that are often targeted by hate crime, and it is important that reporting barriers are overcome.
In May 2014, we published operational guidance for police officers responding to hate crimes.
The guidance covers law, case studies and the standards that victims and witnesses can expect from officers dealing with this kind of incident. It replaces the Hate Crime Manual, published in 2005, and will be incorporated into Authorised Professional Practice (APP) in 2015.
The National Policing Hate Crime Strategy demonstrates how the police service is committed to reducing the harm caused by hate crime, and increasing trust and confidence in the police among vulnerable communities.
The strategy was published by the College of Policing in May 2014.
Responding to disability-related hate crime: Implementation framework
In 2009, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) launched an inquiry, "Hidden in plain sight", into public authorities' efforts to eliminate disability harassment. The police service's evidence to the inquiry revealed that forces were responding to disability hate crime in different ways.
The EHRC's Hidden in plain sight report, published in August 2011, contained seven core recommendations and eight police-specific recommendations. After considering responses to this report, the EHRC revised its recommendations a year later in Out in the open: A manifesto for change.
ACPO and the College of Policing have published a Framework for Implementation of the EHRC recommendations. This framework contains: