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Tackling hate crime

Warwickshire Police is committed to protecting our communities from harm and aspire to be great at protecting the most vulnerable in society, and supports the UK Government's Plan for Tackling Hate Crime.

In line with the government's refreshed Hate Crime Plan, Warwickshire Police is focusing on:

  • Preventing hate crime
  • Increasing reporting of hate crime
  • Responding to hate crime
  • Improving support for victims.

As an organisation, we recognise that hate crime victims are vulnerable and are normally a silent voice amongst communities. Over the last 12 months, the policing approach has been enhanced to help improve trust and confidence amongst our communities.

Every hate crime incident reported is recorded as a priority (which means attendance as soon as possible or within the hour) unless it is a 999 emergency response. Each hate crime is reviewed by an inspector on the day of reporting. These reports are also discussed at the daily management meeting, which is led by a member of the Senior Command Team, allowing for extensive scrutiny to be undertaken. As part of the continuous efforts to improve the service to hate crime victims, a Victim Management Unit (VMU) was implemented.

We have delivered a number of hate crime awareness events throughout Warwickshire, working with communities and partners to raise awareness, encourage reporting and ensure the right support is provided to victims. Independent Advisory Group (IAG) members have supported the development of our new hate crimepolicy and procedure to ensure we are providing timely support to victims of hate crime and that they are offered a priority service from us and key partners across Warwickshire. IAGs continue to provide external scrutiny of our process and progress by reviewing hat crimes at every meeting and tracking the victim's journey and outcome.