In response to the increased community tension threat levels experienced by Jewish and Muslim communities in the UK, police have reached an agreement to share hate crime data with the Community Security Trust (CST) and TELL MAMA.
The agreement enables the routine sharing of anonymous data to increase the shared understanding of the nature and extent of hostility experienced. Police will only refer individual details to the CST and TELL MAMA with the express permission of the victim.
Tell Mama and the CST have both committed to ensuring the security and accuracy of the data, meeting rigorous standards of data protection.
National Policing Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said:
“It is essential that we have the fullest picture of targeted hate crime so that we can put measures in place to protect victims and bring offenders to justice. In the UK, we have some of the best reporting structures in the world but we know that many crimes are never reported to authorities. It's vital that we share available data to give us the clearest picture of the extent of hostility.
David Delew, the Chief Executive of the CST said:
“CST is proud of our close working partnership with the police across the UK. Our existing data sharing agreements are delivering real benefits for us all in our understanding of hate crime in local areas. This latest development will see those benefits replicated throughout the UK”.
Fiyaz Mughal, the Chief Executive of Tell MAMA said:
“TELL MAMA is developing strong and close working relationships with police forces across the UK. We believe that data sharing agreements form the backbone that will ensure police and TELL MAMA have a good understanding of what's happening at the local level and are able to pick up trends and respond accordingly.”
John Mann MP, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group to combat Antisemitism said:
"This is an important and welcome step from the police. They are the first to implement one of the recommendations of our recent All-Party Parliamentary Report into Antisemitism and should be congratulated for doing so. Data sharing between the police and CST allows the UK to boast one of, if not, the best data set on antisemitism in the world. I am delighted that we continue to pave the way for others to act”.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The data sharing agreements are available on ‘True Vision’, the Police Hate Crime website ( http://www.report-it.org.uk/information_sharing_agreement ). They allow for a single agreement signed by the National Policing Lead to be utilised by all local and national police agencies.
The Parliamentary Inquiry report can be viewed at http://www.antisemitism.org.uk/wp-content/themes/PCAA/images/4189_PCAA_Antisemitism%20Report_spreads_v9%20REPRO-DPS_FOR%20WEB_v3.pdf
The CST website is at www.cst.org.uk
TELL MAMA website is at www.tellmamauk.org