15 October 2019

Comment on Home Office hate crime statistics

David Tucker, College of Policing lead for crime and criminal justice, said:
“Hate crime can take many forms and often has a devastating impact on victims because it strikes at the heart of who that individual is.

​“Today’s figures show there has been a rise hate crimes recorded by police, demonstrating these appalling offences represent a significant challenge for our communities and the police service. The College of Policing is committed to working with our operational colleagues to respond effectively to hate crime incidents so our communities are safer and people feel safer.

“We have recently launched a public consultation on proposed updates to our hate crime guidance to ensure officers and staff can have access to the most up to date advice and information.

“The College of Policing has developed a number of training products for police officers and staff to support them in identifying the cause of a person’s vulnerability, including characteristics that could be the focus of hate incidents and crimes, so that effective action can be taken to address their needs.

“In many cases, police will need to work with other organisations such as health, local authorities and charities to put in place the longer term support so that a victim is made safe.”

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