Hate crimes and policing

The first job of government and any elected representative is to do what they can to help keep citizens safe.

Sadly, we are living in an ever more divided society and hate crimes/incidents are on the increase locally and nationally. Up 17% 2017/18 to nearly 95,000 for England and Wales.

This is an area of great concern to me.

I appeared on BBC national news to report on the 81% increase in transgender hate crime.

Here is the link:- Transgender hate crimes recorded by police go up 81% https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48756370

On 29 April I attended the LGBT+ Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel session hosted by the West Yorkshire Police Hate Crime response coordinators.

This session focused on how scrutiny panels were operating. I liked the experiment to introduce a Hate Crime Mystery Shopper pilot to test police responses.

I think more education is needed of the difference between a hate crime and an incident as an expectation gap is opening up over the ability for the police to intervene in a meaningful way over incidents if they are not an actual crime.

On 30 April I attended the webcast of the North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioners Public Accountability Meeting. Here is the link to the webcast. 

Interesting to note that about 20% of offenders are women many of whom have themselves been subject to violence and abuse with complex trauma often driving their offending behaviour.

https://www.northyorkshire-pfcc.gov.uk/police-oversight/governance/governance-process/corporate-scrutiny-board/public-accountability-meeting-april-2019/

 

At an EU level 

“Violence and offences motivated by racism, xenophobia, religious intolerance, or by bias against a person’s disability, sexual orientation or gender identity are all examples of hate crime. 

These crimes can affect anyone in society. But whoever the victim is, such offences harm not only the individual targeted but also strike at the heart of EU commitments to democracy and the fundamental rights of equality and non-discrimination. 

To combat hate crime, the EU and its Member States need to make these crimes more visible and hold perpetrators to account. Numerous rulings by the European Court of Human Rights oblige countries to ‘unmask’ the bias motivation behind criminal offences.

Efforts to form targeted policies for combating hate crime are hampered by under-recording, ie the fact that few EU Member States collect comprehensive data on such offences. In addition, a lack of trust in the law enforcement and criminal justice systems means that the majority of hate crime victims do not report their experiences, leading to under-reporting. FRA’s work documents both of these gaps in data collection, as well as the extent of prejudice against groups such as Roma, LGBT, Muslims, and migrant communities. At the same time, it makes recommendations on how the situation could be improved.

Article 1 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights guarantees the right to human dignity, while Article 10 stipulates the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion. Article 21 prohibits discrimination based on any ground, including sex, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability.”

https://fra.europa.eu/en/theme/hate-crime