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ACPO has today pub­lished hate crime data for the pe­ri­od of 1st Jan­u­ary to 31st De­cem­ber 2011, high­light­ing the five ‘mon­i­tored’ forms of hate crime clas­si­fi­ca­tions used by the po­lice ser­vice

In 2011, the po­lice record­ed 44,519 crimes where the vic­tim, or any other per­son, per­ceived the crim­i­nal of­fence was mo­ti­vat­ed by hos­til­i­ty based on a per­son’s race, re­li­gious be­lief, sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion, dis­abil­i­ty or where the vic­tim was per­ceived to be trans­gen­der. This com­pares with 48,127 crimes re­port­ed in 2010.

ACPO lead on hate crime, As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Drew Har­ris, said:

“Hate crimes cause a great deal of fear among vic­tims and com­mu­ni­ties. We are de­ter­mined to re­duce the harm caused by hate crime and as a ser­vice, we have lis­tened to vic­tims’ groups who have told us that pub­lish­ing this data will im­prove con­fi­dence in the po­lice and the wider crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

“The 2011 data im­por­tant­ly shows a fur­ther in­crease in dis­abil­i­ty hate crime. While we would ob­vi­ous­ly want to see re­duc­tions in the in­ci­dence of all hate crime, we know that dis­abil­i­ty hate crimes have been sig­nif­i­cant­ly un­der-re­port­ed in the past. We re­main com­mit­ted to build­ing con­fi­dence in and im­prov­ing our record­ing prac­tices, so that more vic­tims get the ser­vice they de­serve. We will do all in our power to con­tin­ue with this pos­i­tive im­prove­ment and I would en­cour­age any­one who is a vic­tim of hate crime to re­port this to their local po­lice or use True Vi­sion, our on­line re­port­ing fa­cil­i­ty at www.​re­port-it.​org.​uk.”

From April 2008, all po­lice forces began to mea­sure hate crime in the five mon­i­tored vic­tim strands.

Hate crime vic­tim’s groups have in­formed the Gov­ern­ment’s Hate Crime Strat­e­gy Board, which in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across gov­ern­ment and the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, that the pub­li­ca­tion of hate crime data would help im­prove vic­tim’s con­fi­dence in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem.

As a re­sult, the Hate Crime Strat­e­gy Board asked ACPO to pub­lish hate crime data as an in­ter­im mea­sure, pend­ing in­clu­sion in for­mal Home Of­fice sta­tis­tics. The data and pre­vi­ous years re­leas­es can be viewed on our True Vi­sion web fa­cil­i­ty at http://​www.​re­port-it.​org.​uk/​hate_​crime_​data1.