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Hate crime, England and Wales, 2020 to 2021

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This launch accommodates statistics about hate crime offences recorded by the police in England and Wales.

Key outcomes

  • in yr ending March 2021, there have been 124,091 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales
  • excluding Higher Manchester Police who didn’t provide information for yr ending March 2020 there was a 9 per cent improve in contrast with the earlier yr
  • will increase in police recorded hate crime lately have been pushed by enhancements in crime recording and a greater identification of what constitutes a hate crime
  • as in earlier years, the vast majority of hate crimes have been racially motivated, accounting for round three-quarters of such offences (74%; 85,268 offences); these kinds of hate crime elevated by 12 per cent between yr ending March 2020 and yr ending March 2021

1. Introduction

1.1 Overview

This statistical bulletin offers data on the variety of hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in yr ending March 2021. Knowledge for Higher Manchester Police have been excluded from any year-on-year comparisons inside this bulletin as they have been unable to provide information for yr ending March 2020 following the implementation of a brand new IT system in July 2019.

1.2 Hate crimes recorded by the police

Hate crime is outlined as ‘any legal offence which is perceived, by the sufferer or every other particular person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice in the direction of somebody primarily based on a private attribute.’ This frequent definition was agreed in 2007 by the police, Crown Prosecution Service, Jail Service (now the Nationwide Offender Administration Service) and different companies that make up the legal justice system. There are 5 centrally monitored strands of hate crime:

  • race or ethnicity
  • faith or beliefs
  • sexual orientation
  • incapacity
  • transgender identification

Within the means of recording a criminal offense, the police can flag an offence as being motivated by a number of of those 5 monitored strands[footnote 1] for instance, an offence could be motivated by hostility in the direction of the sufferer’s race and faith). For extra data, see Part 4 – Hate Crime information sources and high quality. Hate crime figures on this bulletin are due to this fact depending on a flag being accurately utilized to an offence that’s recognized as a hate crime.

The School of Policing (CoP) printed up to date steerage on how the police ought to reply to hate crime in October 2020. The Authorised Skilled Steerage on hate crime contains data on what could be lined by hate crime. The steerage states:

“A hate crime is any legal offence which is perceived by the sufferer or every other particular person to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice primarily based on:

  • an individual’s race or perceived race, or any racial group or ethnic background together with international locations throughout the UK and Gypsy and Traveller teams; this contains asylum seekers and migrants
  • an individual’s faith or perceived faith, or any spiritual group together with those that haven’t any religion
  • an individual’s sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, or any particular person’s sexual orientation
  • an individual’s incapacity or perceived incapacity, or any incapacity together with bodily incapacity, studying incapacity and psychological well being or developmental issues
  • an individual who’s transgender or perceived to be transgender, together with people who find themselves transsexual, transgender, cross dressers and those that maintain a Gender Recognition Certificates underneath the Gender Recognition Act 2004

The inclusion of migrants throughout the first class listed above implies that offences with a xenophobic component (comparable to graffiti concentrating on sure nationalities) could be recorded as race hate crimes by the police.

An offence may additionally be motivated by hatred in the direction of a attribute (strand) that’s not at present centrally monitored and due to this fact doesn’t kind a part of the information assortment offered on this statistical bulletin (age or gender for instance).

Hate crimes are taken to imply any crime the place the perpetrator’s hostility or prejudice in opposition to an identifiable group of individuals is a consider figuring out who’s victimised. Whereas a criminal offense could also be recorded as a ‘hate crime’, it could solely be prosecuted as such if proof of hostility is submitted as a part of the case file.

Terrorist offences could or might not be thought of a hate crime relying on the circumstances. A terrorist assault could also be focused in opposition to normal British or Western values moderately than one of many 5 particular strands. Assaults of this nature are due to this fact not lined by this statistical bulletin, though they’ll clearly be motivated by hate. Nevertheless, different terrorist assaults are motivated by a hatred in the direction of one of many centrally monitored hate crime strands lined by this statistical bulletin. For instance, the Finsbury Park Mosque assault in June 2017 has been categorised as a hate crime as a result of the victims have been considered focused due to their spiritual affiliation.

The Regulation Fee is contemplating proposals to reform hate crime legal guidelines to take away the disparity in the best way hate crime legal guidelines deal with every protected attribute – race, faith, sexual orientation, incapacity and transgender identification and are resulting from report their suggestions later in 2021. Any proposals by the Regulation Fee could result in future adjustments sooner or later protection of the monitored strands.

1.3 Hate crimes and racially or religiously aggravated offences

There are some offences in the principle police recorded crime assortment which have a particular racially or religiously motivated parts outlined by statute. These represent a set of offences that are distinct from their non-racially or religiously aggravated equivalents (the complete checklist of those is proven in Checklist 1.1). These racially or religiously aggravated offences are, by definition, hate crimes. Simply over half (53%) of hate crime offences are recorded as one among these racially or religiously aggravated offences.

Checklist 1.1 The 5 racially or religiously aggravated offences and their non-aggravated equivalents

Racially or religiously aggravated offences
Offence code 8P
Offence description Racially or religiously aggravated assault with damage
Non-aggravated equal offences
Offence code 8N
Offence description Assault with damage

Racially or religiously aggravated offences
Offence code 105B
Offence description Racially or religiously aggravated assault with out damage
Non-aggravated equal offences
Offence code 105A
Offence description Assault with out damage

Racially or religiously aggravated offences
Offence code 8M
Offence description Racially or religiously aggravated harassment
Non-aggravated equal offences
Offence code 8L
Offence description Harassment

Racially or religiously aggravated offences
Offence code 9B
Offence description Racially or religiously aggravated public worry, alarm or misery
Non-aggravated equal offences
Offence code 9A
Offence description Public worry, alarm or misery

Racially or religiously aggravated offences
Offence code 58J
Offence description Racially or religiously aggravated legal harm
Non-aggravated equal offences
Offence code 58A
Offence description Felony harm to a dwelling
Offence code 58B
Offence description Felony harm to a constructing aside from a dwelling
Offence code 58C
Offence description Felony harm to a car
Offence code 58D
Offence description Different legal harm

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace

1.4 Crime survey for England and Wales (CSEW)

The CSEW is a face-to-face victimisation survey and in addition offers data on hate crimes skilled by individuals resident in England and Wales. Nevertheless, the scale of the CSEW pattern means the variety of hate crime incidents and victims estimated in a single survey yr is just too unreliable to report on. Subsequently, three annual datasets are mixed to offer a bigger pattern which can be utilized to supply sturdy estimates for hate crime. Estimates from the survey have been final printed in ‘Hate Crime, England and Wales, 2019 to 2020’. The subsequent publication of figures from the CSEW would have been due in 2023, however this can be delayed as a result of the face-to-face survey was suspended resulting from public well being restrictions through the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Police recorded hate crime

Key outcomes

  • in yr ending March 2021, there have been 124,091 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales; of which there have been 92,052 race hate crimes, 6,377 spiritual hate crimes, 18,596 sexual orientation hate crimes, 9,943 incapacity hate crimes and a couple of,799 transgender hate crimes
  • excluding Higher Manchester Police[footnote 2], who didn’t provide information for yr ending March 2020, there have been 114,958 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in yr ending March 2021, a rise of 9 per cent in contrast with yr ending March 2020 (105,362 offences); whereas will increase in hate crime over the past 5 years have been primarily pushed by enhancements in crime recording by the police, there was spikes in hate crime following sure occasions such because the EU Referendum and the terrorist assaults in 2017
  • as in earlier years, the vast majority of hate crimes have been racially motivated, accounting for round three-quarters of all such offences (74%; 85,268 offences); racially motivated hate crimes elevated by 12 per cent between yr ending March 2020 and yr ending March 2021
  • spiritual hate crimes fell by 18 per cent (to five,627 offences), down from 6,856 within the earlier yr; this was the second successive fall in spiritual hate crimes since a peak of seven,202 offences in yr ending March 2019
  • sexual orientation hate crimes elevated seven per cent (to 17,135), incapacity hate crimes by 9 per cent (to 9,208) and transgender identification hate crimes by three per cent (to 2,630); these proportion will increase have been smaller than seen lately
  • over half (52%) of the hate crimes recorded by the police have been for public order offences and a 40% have been for violence in opposition to the particular person offences; 5 per cent have been recorded as legal harm and arson offences

Police forces have made important enhancements in how they document crime since 2014. They’ve additionally improved their identification of what constitutes a hate crime. Due to these adjustments, police recorded crime figures don’t at present present dependable developments in hate crime. The figures do, nevertheless, present an excellent measure of the hate crime-related demand on the police. For extra data, see the Police recorded hate crime information sources and high quality.

Hate crimes are a subset of notifiable offences recorded by the police. In yr ending March 2021, three per cent of such offences recorded by the police have been recognized as being hate crimes. This proportion has progressively elevated from one per cent in yr ending March 2013, because the police have improved their identification of what constitutes a hate crime.

There have been 124,091 hate crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in yr ending March 2021. Excluding Higher Manchester Police, who have been unable to offer information for yr ending March 2020 following the implementation of a brand new IT system in July 2019, there have been 114,958 hate crimes, a rise of 9 per cent in contrast with yr ending March 2020 (105,362 offences; see Desk 2.1).

Spiritual hate crimes fell by 18 per cent (from 6,856 to five,627) which was the second consecutive fall in these offences and down from a peak in yr ending March 2019 (when there have been 7,202 offences). There have been will increase different classes of hate crime together with in sexual orientation (up 7%), incapacity (9%) and transgender identification (3%) over the past yr. Nevertheless, these proportion adjustments have been decrease than seen lately.

The will increase seen over the past six years are thought to have been pushed by enhancements in crime recording by the police following a evaluation by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fireplace & Rescue Providers (HMICFRS)[footnote 3] in 2014 and the elimination of the designation of police recorded crime as Nationwide Statistics[footnote 4]. It additionally thought that rising consciousness of hate crime is more likely to have led to improved identification of such offences.

Though these enhancements are considered the principle drivers for the will increase seen, there seem to have been short-term real rises in hate crime following sure set off occasions. Will increase in hate crime have been seen across the EU Referendum in June 2016 and the terrorist assaults in 2017. There was additionally a rise in public order hate crimes through the summer season of 2020 following the widespread Black Lives Matter protests and far-right counter-protests.

Desk 2.1: Hate crimes recorded by the police by monitored strand, yr ending March 2016 to yr ending March 2020

Numbers and percentages England and Wales
Hate crime strand 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 % change
2019/20 to
2020/21
             
Race 58,294 64,829 72,051 76,158 85,268 12
Faith 5,184 7,103 7,202 6,856 5,627 -18
Sexual orientation 8,569 10,670 13,311 15,972 17,135 7
Incapacity 5,254 6,787 7,786 8,465 9,208 9
Transgender 1,195 1,615 2,185 2,542 2,630 3
             
Whole variety of motivating elements 78,496 91,004 102,535 109,993 119,868 9
             
Whole variety of offences 74,967 86,254 97,474 105,362 114,958 9

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace. Figures exclude GMP.
See Bulletin Desk 2 for detailed footnotes

It’s attainable for a criminal offense to have a couple of motivating issue (for instance an offence could also be motivated by hostility in the direction of each the sufferer’s race and faith). Thus, in addition to recording the general variety of hate crimes, the police additionally accumulate information on the variety of motivating elements by strand as proven in Desk 2.1. Because of this, the sum of the 5 motivating elements within the above exceeds the 114,958 general hate crime offences recorded by the police. Round 5 per cent of hate crime offences in yr ending March 2021 have been estimated to have concerned a couple of motivating issue[footnote 5].

Hate crime information by Police Drive Space from yr yr ending March 2012 to yr ending March 2021 could be discovered within the Residence Workplace Police recorded crime and outcomes open information tables.

Part 2.2 exhibits that 92 per cent of hate crimes in yr ending March 2021 have been for both public order or violence in opposition to the particular person offences, persevering with the sample seen in earlier years. These are two offence teams thought to have been beforehand topic to comparatively excessive ranges of under-recording and thus enhancements in crime recording is more likely to have had a bigger impression on these teams than different offences. Determine 2.1 exhibits the listed pattern in general violent and public order offences since yr ending March 2013 in contrast with all hate crime offences over the identical interval. As could be seen, there’s a sturdy correlation between the rise in general public order and violence in opposition to the particular person offences and hate crime.

In distinction, the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)[footnote 6], which covers offences not reported to the police[footnote 7] unaffected by adjustments in recording follow, exhibits a fall in hate crime over the past decade. Based on the CSEW, the estimated variety of hate crime incidents skilled by adults aged 16 and over fell from 307,000 within the mixed yr ending March 2008 and yr ending March 2009 surveys to 190,000 within the mixed yr ending March 2018, yr ending March 2019 and yr ending March 2020 surveys, a fall of 38 per cent. Nevertheless, because of the mixed survey years the CSEW isn’t in a position to determine adjustments in hate crime over shorter-term durations.

Determine 2.1: Listed developments within the variety of police recorded violence in opposition to the particular person and public order and hate crime offences, yr ending March 2013 to yr ending March 2021 (yr ending March 2013 = 100)

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace. Figures exclude GMP.

Spiritual hate crimes

In April 2016, the Residence Workplace started accumulating data from the police on the perceived faith of victims of non secular hate crime. By perceived, we imply the faith focused by the offender. Whereas within the majority of offences the perceived and precise faith of the sufferer would be the identical, in some circumstances they’ll differ. For instance, if anti-Muslim graffiti is sprayed on a non secular temple of one other religion, this might be recorded as an offence of racially or religiously aggravated legal harm and flagged by the respective police power as a non secular hate crime in opposition to Muslims.

There are 9 totally different perceived faith flags on this assortment, which match these reported upon within the 2021 Census:

  • Buddhist
  • Christian
  • Hindu
  • Jewish
  • Muslim
  • Sikh
  • different
  • no faith
  • unknown

Of the 6,377 spiritual hate crimes recorded by the police in yr ending March 2021 (together with Higher Manchester Police), data on the focused faith was offered in 5,948 of the offences (93%)[footnote 8].

In some circumstances, a couple of perceived faith had been tagged on one offence (for instance, a chunk of graffiti could have focused a couple of faith). All police forces despatched information on the perceived faith of the victims of non secular hate crimes (excluding Nottinghamshire, who have been unable to offer these information for yr ending March 2021), though for some forces the variety of offences recorded with ‘unknown faith’ was comparatively excessive.

In yr ending March 2021, the place the perceived faith of the sufferer was recorded, slightly below half (45%) of non secular hate crime offences have been focused in opposition to Muslims (2,703 offences). The subsequent mostly focused group have been Jewish individuals, who have been focused in 22 per cent of non secular hate crimes (1,288 offences). These proportions have been just like the earlier yr.

In 16 per cent of offences, the focused faith was not identified. Info on the opposite focused religions for yr ending March 2021 could be present in Desk 2.2.

Desk 2.2: Quantity and proportion of non secular hate crimes recorded by the police1, by the perceived focused faith, yr ending March 2020

Numbers and percentages England and Wales
Perceived faith of the sufferer Variety of offences 2020/21 % 2020/21
Buddhist 23 0
Christian 521 9
Hindu 166 3
Jewish 1,288 22
Muslim 2,703 45
Sikh 112 2
Different 351 6
No faith 174 3
Unknown 926 16
     
Whole variety of focused religions 6,264  
Whole variety of offences 5,948  

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace. Figures exclude Nottinghamshire.
See Bulletin Desk 3 for detailed footnotes.
1. In some offences a couple of faith has been recorded as being focused, due to this fact the sum of the proportions don’t add to 100%.

Racial or religiously aggravated offences

The information the Residence Workplace receives in the principle police recorded crime return for racially or religiously aggravated offences can be found on a month-to-month foundation[footnote 9]. This enables in-year pattern in these offences to be seen across the time of explicit incidents. An listed chart of those offences and their non-aggravated equal offence are proven in (Determine 2.2). There are three clear spikes in these aggravated offences which weren’t seen within the non-aggravated offences: July 2016, following the EU Referendum, July 2017, following the terrorist assaults seen on this yr, and in Summer time 2020, following the Black Lives Matter protests and far-right counter-protests following the dying of George Floyd on twenty fifth Could in the US of America. There are additionally spikes in July 2018 and 2019, however these observe the identical pattern as for the non-aggravated offences.

Determine 2.2: Listed variety of racially or religiously aggravated offences recorded by the police by month, April 2015 to March 2021

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace.

2.2 Hate crimes by kind of offence

Knowledge on this part covers yr ending March 2021 and contains figures for Higher Manchester Police. Over half (52%) of the hate crimes recorded by the police have been for public order offences and over a 3rd (40%) have been for violence in opposition to the particular person offences (Determine 2.3; Bulletin Desk 6). Collectively, these offence classes accounted for simply over 9 in ten (92%) of all hate crimes recorded by the police.

Determine 2.3: Distribution of offences flagged as hate crimes, yr ending March 2021

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace.

The distribution of hate crime offences differs markedly from general police recorded crime. Theft offences accounted for slightly below a 3rd (28%) of all recorded crime in yr ending March 2021; these offences are unlikely to contain a motivating issue in opposition to a monitored strand. In distinction, public order offences accounted for simply ten per cent of all notifiable offences in contrast with 52 per cent of hate crime offences (Determine 2.4).

Determine 2.4: Breakdown of hate crimes and general recorded crime by chosen offence varieties, yr ending March 2021

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace.

Determine 2.5 exhibits what kind of offences are being recorded for every monitored strand. As in earlier years, public order offences have been the most typical offence to be recorded for all strands.

Determine 2.5: Breakdown of hate crime by chosen offence varieties and monitored strand, yr ending March 2021

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace.

2.3 Hate crime outcomes

The Residence Workplace collects data on the investigative outcomes of police recorded offences, together with these which can be recognized as hate crimes. For additional data on outcomes see Crime Outcomes in England and Wales: 12 months ending March 2021.

This part covers how the police have handled hate crimes recorded within the yr ending March 2021. This evaluation is predicated on the outcomes assigned to crimes recorded in yr ending March 2021 on the time the information have been extracted (June 2021) for evaluation. Some offences is not going to have been assigned an consequence at the moment and due to this fact these figures are topic to alter.

Racially or religiously aggravated offence outcomes

Knowledge offered on this part are for racially or religiously aggravated offences. These information have been out there for all police forces. Knowledge on outcomes for all hate crime offences, which have been out there for 26 of the 44 police forces[footnote 10], are offered within the subsequent part.

On the time these information have been extracted, 89 per cent of racially or religiously aggravated offences had been assigned an consequence in contrast with 94 per cent of their non-aggravated counterparts (information not proven).

Determine 2.6 exhibits that racially or religiously aggravated offences have been extra more likely to be handled by a cost or summons than their non-aggravated counterparts, reflecting the intense nature of racially or religiously aggravated offences. For instance, twice the proportion of racially or religiously aggravated public worry, alarm and misery offences had been handled by cost or summons than the non-aggravated equal offences (13% and 6% respectively).

Determine 2.6: Proportion of racially or religiously aggravated offences and their non-aggravated equivalents recorded in yr ending March 2021 leading to cost or summons, by offence kind

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace.

The general proportion of racially or religiously aggravated offences leading to a cost or summons was 11.6%, increased than the determine for yr ending March 2020 on the time of publication final yr (10.7%). This improve was resulting from a 1.6 proportion level improve within the proportion of racially or religiously aggravated public worry, alarm or misery offences being assigned a cost or summons consequence, from 11.0% to 12.6% (information not proven). This improve has halted a earlier downward pattern seen because the introduction of the Outcomes Framework in yr ending March 2015, when, for instance, 30% of racially or religiously aggravated public worry, alarm or misery offences have been resolved by a cost or summons. As defined within the ‘Crime outcomes, England and Wales, 2020 to 2021’ statistical bulletin, the volumes of expenses had been falling lately similtaneously quantity of crimes recorded by the police has risen. This sample was additionally noticed in racially or religiously aggravated offences. There’s proof to recommend {that a} increased proportion of recorded crimes lately have been for offence varieties which could be tougher to research. Which means that the investigative caseload has each grown and change into extra advanced.

Flagged hate crime offences – Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub

The Residence Workplace have carried out an improved information assortment system known as the Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub which is designed to streamline the method by which forces submit information. The Knowledge Hub replaces the previous system by capturing record-level crime information by way of direct extracts from forces’ personal crime recording methods. This enables the police to offer extra detailed data to the Residence Workplace enabling a higher vary of analyses to be carried out.

Utilizing the Knowledge Hub, it’s attainable to see how offences flagged as being motivated by a number of of the 5 monitored strands have been handled by the police. The analyses offered are primarily based on information from 26[footnote 11] of the 44 police forces in England and Wales that provided ample information to the Knowledge Hub; these forces information accounted for round two-thirds (66%) of all police recorded hate crime in yr ending March 2021.

In whole, 91 per cent of hate crime flagged offences recorded in yr ending March 2021 had been assigned an consequence on the time the information have been extracted from the Knowledge Hub[footnote 12]. The remaining 9 per cent have been nonetheless underneath investigation. Equally, 92 per cent of non-hate crime offences had been assigned an consequence on the time of information extraction (information not proven).

Appendix Desk 4 exhibits that ten per cent of all hate crime flagged offences had been handled by a cost or summons, up from the printed determine of 9 per cent in yr ending March 2020. As with racially or religiously aggravated offences, the proportion of offences handled by cost or summons had been falling because the introduction of the Outcomes Framework.

The offences recorded by the police that represent hate crimes have been very totally different to general crime. Subsequently, to offer extra significant comparisons cost or summons charges are proven under for sure offence teams.

Determine 2.4 exhibits that violence in opposition to the particular person, public order offences and legal harm and arson offences comprised 97 per cent of hate crime flagged offences. This proportion is identical for the 26 forces included on this evaluation, suggesting that these forces are broadly consultant of all.

The proportions of outcomes assigned diversified by offence kind (Appendix Desk 5; Determine 2.7):

  • eight per cent of violence in opposition to the particular person hate crime flagged offences, and 7 per cent of legal harm and arson hate crime flagged offences, have been handled by a cost or summons, comparable proportions to non-flagged offences (7% and 5% respectively)
  • a higher proportion (12%) of hate crime flagged public order offences had been handled by a cost or summons in contrast with non-hate crime flagged public order offences (8%)

Determine 2.7: Proportion of chosen offences handled by a cost or summons, offences recorded in yr ending March 2021, 26 forces

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub.

Essentially the most frequent consequence recorded for violent offences was “evidential difficulties because the sufferer doesn’t assist motion”; this was the result for 32 per cent of hate crime flagged violence in opposition to the particular person offences in contrast with 44 per cent of non-hate crime flagged offences (Appendix Desk 5).

Determine 2.8 exhibits the proportion of hate crimes that have been handled by cost or summons for every of the 5 hate crime strands for 3 offence teams.

Determine 2.8: Proportion of chosen offences leading to cost or summons, by hate crime strand, offences recorded in yr ending March 2021, 26 forces

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub.

Determine 2.9 exhibits the median variety of days taken to assign an consequence, from the date the crime was recorded, for chosen hate crime and non-hate crime offences. Hate crime offences, on common, took longer to be assigned a ultimate consequence than non-hate crime offences. For instance, the median variety of days taken to assign an consequence to legal harm and arson hate crime offences was 24 days, in contrast with 4 days for non-hate crime offences. Equally, it took longer to assign an consequence to violence in opposition to the particular person hate crime offences (median=39 days) than to non-hate crime flagged violent offences (median=20 days). This sample is seen throughout the vast majority of outcomes, together with cost or summons, evidential issue outcomes and investigation full – no suspect recognized. For instance, it took on common 101 days to assign a cost for a violence in opposition to the particular person hate crime offence in contrast with 46 days for a violent offence that was not hate crime-related. This means extra investigative effort being dedicated to hate crime offences which displays the intense nature of those crimes.

Determine 2.9: Median variety of days taken to assign an consequence, hate crime flagged and non-hate crime flagged offences, outcomes recorded in yr ending March 2021, 26 forces

Supply: Police recorded crime, Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub.

3. Police recorded hate crime information sources and high quality

3.1 Introduction

In January 2014, the UK Statistics Authority printed its evaluation of ONS crime statistics. It discovered that statistics primarily based on police recorded crime information, having been assessed in opposition to the Code of Apply for Official Statistics (now the Code of Apply for Statistics), didn’t meet the required normal for designation as Nationwide Statistics.

Police forces have made important enhancements in how they document crime since 2014. They’ve additionally improved their identification of what constitutes a hate crime over this time interval. Due to these adjustments, police recorded crime figures don’t at present present dependable developments in hate crime. The figures do, nevertheless, present an excellent measure of the hate crime-related demand on the police.

The UK Statistics Authority printed a listing of necessities for these statistics to regain the Nationwide Statistics accreditation. Among the necessities of this evaluation have been to offer extra element on how information sources have been used to supply these statistics, together with extra data on the standard of the statistics. Moreover, there was a requirement to offer data on the method utilized by police forces to submit and revise information, and the validation processes utilized by the Residence Workplace. To make sure that this publication meets the excessive requirements required by the UK Statistics Authority, particulars are offered under.

3.2 Police recorded crime information sources and validation course of

Hate crime information are provided to the Residence Workplace by the 43 territorial police forces of England and Wales, plus the British Transport Police. Higher Manchester Police haven’t been unable to provide information for yr ending March 2020 following the implementation of a brand new IT system in July 2019; as such they’ve been excluded from any year-on-year comparisons.

Forces both provide the information a minimum of month-to-month by way of the Residence Workplace Knowledge Hub (HODH) or on an annual foundation in a guide return. For forces with information on the Knowledge Hub, the Residence Workplace extracts the variety of offences for every power which have been flagged by forces as having been motivated by a number of of the monitored strands. Subsequently, counts of hate crime by way of the HODH are depending on the flag getting used for every hate crime offence. It’s then attainable to derive the rely of offences and the monitored strands lined.

Within the guide return, police forces submit each the entire variety of hate crime offences (that may be a rely of the variety of distinctive offences motivated by a number of of the 5 monitored strands) and the monitored strands (or motivating elements) related to these offences. From yr ending March 2016, police forces who returned information manually have been required to offer an offence group breakdown for recorded hate crimes; previous to yr ending March 2016 solely an aggregated whole of hate crimes for every of the 5 strands was requested for. It’s attainable for greater than one of many monitored strands (motivating elements) to be assigned to a criminal offense. For instance, an offence might be motivated by hostility to race and faith, so can be counted underneath each strands however would solely represent one offence.

It’s identified that for some police forces, the addition of tags to crime information might be improved. For instance, there could also be crimes which can be operationally handled as a hate crime however weren’t accurately recognized as a hate crime on their crime recording system. In July 2018, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fireplace & Rescue Providers (HMICFRS) printed a report on how the police cope with hate crime, together with how crimes are flagged. Findings included an absence of recognition in forces about how necessary the flagging of hate crimes is and considerations across the lack of efficient audit preparations to test flags had been utilized accurately.

The total report could be discovered right here: Understanding the distinction: the preliminary police response to hate crime.

In July 2021 the Authorities introduced plans to publish an up to date hate crime technique this yr. The technique will define plans on how the Authorities will work with the police and different legislation enforcement companies to ship enhancements within the police response to hate crime.

Additional data on how the police document hate crime could be discovered within the School of Policing’s Authorised Skilled Apply steerage on hate crime publication launched in October 2020.

On the finish of every monetary yr, the Residence Workplace perform a collection of high quality assurance checks on the hate crime information collected from the police forces (both by mixture return or by way of the HODH).

These checks embody:

  • in search of any giant or uncommon adjustments in hate crimes from the earlier yr
  • in search of outliers
  • checking that the variety of hate crimes by strand is increased than the entire variety of offences; the place these two figures have been the identical, the power was requested to substantiate they have been recording a number of hate crime strands

Police forces are then requested to research these developments and both present a proof or resubmit figures the place the reconciliation identifies information high quality points.

The information are then tabulated by monitored strand and yr and despatched again to forces for them to confirm. At this stage, they’re requested to substantiate in writing that the information they submitted are right and if they don’t seem to be, then they’ve the chance to revise their figures.

From April 2016, the Residence Workplace started accumulating data from the police on the perceived faith of victims of non secular hate crimes – that the faith focused by the offender. Whereas within the majority of offences the perceived and precise faith of the sufferer would be the identical, in some circumstances this may differ. For instance, if anti-Muslim graffiti is sprayed on a non secular temple of one other religion, this might be recorded as an offence of racially or religiously aggravated legal harm and flagged by the respective police power as a non secular hate crime in opposition to Muslims. This assortment was voluntary in yr ending March 2017 and made obligatory for yr ending March 2018.

From April 2021, the Residence Workplace has begun the accumulating the ethnicity of the victims of racial hate crimes recorded by the police. These information might be printed in forthcoming hate crime statistical bulletins.

The Residence Workplace are additionally discussing with police forces the long run experimental assortment of information for crimes of violence in opposition to the particular person (together with stalking and harassment) and sexual offences the place the sufferer perceives it to have been motivated by a hostility primarily based on their intercourse. The gathering of those information might be revisited when the Regulation Fee’s evaluation of hate crime laws is printed later this yr.

5. Additional data

Accompanying tables

The information tables could be discovered right here:
Hate crime, England and Wales, 2020 to 2021

Earlier hate crime statistical bulletins printed by the Residence Workplace can be found right here:
Hate crime statistics

The Workplace for Nationwide Statistics publishes quarterly publications on crime in England and Wales:
Crime and justice

Info on crime outcomes could be discovered right here:
Crime outcomes in England and Wales statistics

Police recorded crime and outcomes Open Knowledge Tables

The True Imaginative and prescient web site accommodates extra details about hate crime and find out how to report it

The Crown Prosecution Service web site additionally carries details about hate crime, together with coverage and steerage and efficiency data, which could be discovered right here:
CPS hate crime

The federal government’s plan for coping with hate crime in England and Wales could be discovered right here:
Hate crime motion plan 2016 to 2020

Hate crime statistics for Northern Eire could be discovered right here:
Police Service of Northen Eire: Hate motivation statistics

Hate crime statistics for Scotland for yr ending March 2021 could be discovered right here:
Hate Crime in Scotland 2020 to 2021
(figures printed by the Scottish Authorities are primarily based on the variety of offenders charged, moderately than police recorded crime)

Suggestions and enquiries

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