College reviewing hate crime training after stakeholders' event

Roundtable designed to improve understanding of the issue across the criminal justice system.

The College of Policing is reviewing its training on hate crime after consulting with experts across policing.

Police professionals attended a special event on the issue hosted by the College ahead of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from 10-17 October.

The roundtable, run by the College and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), was designed to improve the approach to hate crime across the criminal justice system

Around 70 people from across policing and the CPS attended the event, which was supported by the Solicitor General.

Using facilitated case studies regarding disability hate crime, anti-Semitism and racial hatred, delegates looked at issues and barriers which would support or prevent successful identification and prosecution of hate crimes.

Throughout the event, discussion and feedback was encouraged by a panel of experts taken from police, CPS, Independent Advisory Group, Community Security Trust, Tell MAMA and the Independent College Advisory Group.

As a result of the event, the College is reviewing its training to ensure it meets the needs of practitioners and will take further steps to promote the operational guidance that is available on the College website.

The National Police Chief Council lead for hate crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, said:

“A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic. These can include disability, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.

“The College of Policing is working with the CPS, partners and forces to raise awareness and improve the policing response to hate crime. This will ensure offenders can be bought to justice and evidence of their hostility can be used to support enhanced sentencing.

“This event was very successful in promoting a more joined up approach between police forces and CPS. It helped us discuss and gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements to investigate and prosecute hate crime more effectively.”  

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