What is Hate Crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
Race or Ethnicity
Religion or Belief
This can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
Hate Incidents can feel like crimes to those who suffer them and often escalate to crimes or tension in a community. For this reason the police are particularly concerned about incidents and encourage people to report them. The police can only prosecute when the law is broken but will work with partners to try and prevent any escalation in seriousness.
This video - created by Eugene Evans for Cleveland Police - tells you what hate crime is, how to report it and how to get support.
Why Should I Report Hate Crime?
Hate crimes and incidents hurt, they can be confusing and frightening. By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it. Reporting makes a difference - to you, your friends, and your life.
How Can I Report a Hate Crime?
There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness, or you are reporting on behalf of someone else:
1. Contact the Police
Always ring 999 in an emergency.
Ring 101 for a non emergency.
You can speak to the police in confidence. You do not have to give your personal details, but please be aware the investigation and ability to prosecute the offender(s) is severely limited if the police cannot contact you.
2. Use a Third Party Reporting Centre
If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can report crime at a Third Party Reporting Centre.They can provide you with support and can forward details of the incident to the police.
This does not have to include your contact details if you don’t wish the police to investigate the incident, but can alert the police to areas where hate crime is a particular issue.
Click here to download a list of all Third Party Reporting Centres in the Cleveland Police Area
Cleveland Police have a statutory duty to uphold the law, prevent crime, bring offenders to justice and protect the public. To do this it is necessary for us to process your personal information under Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018, known as “Law Enforcement Processing”. This means we process your personal information to help us carry out tasks that are laid down in law and collectively described as the administration of justice.
How will Cleveland Police manage your personal data?
The personal data collected will be used by Cleveland Police for Law Enforcement purposes.
We may share your personal data with partner agencies but only where there is a statutory purpose for doing so.
The current Data Protection Officer for Cleveland Police is Maria Hopper who can contacted via the Forces Information Rights Department, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Data collected is retained in line with the Management of Police Information MoPI i.e. retention can be between 6 and 100 years depending on the severity of any public protection matters.
- If you would like to learn more about your information rights please visit our Data Protection website: https://cleveland.police.uk/Services/DataProtectionNEW.aspx