Bedfordshire Police Headquarters,
Woburn Road, Kempston,
Bedford, MK43 9AX
Telephone: 01234 842547
1 November 2019
Request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 Ref No: FOI2019/06409
I write in connection with your request for information received on 5th October. I note you seek access to the following information:
Could you please inform me as to what steps Cambridgeshire Constabulary are using to battle hate crime and statistics as to the rise or fall of race, ethnicity or nationality based hate crime in Cambridgeshire over the past five years?
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Following enquiries within the Constabulary please see our response below.
Cambridgeshire Constabulary have a plan that mirrors the UK Governments Action Against Hate plan for tackling hate. It is acknowledged that to be the most effective and successful in our delivery against this priority, we, the police, must work together with all relevant agencies. In the plan there are five key pillars to achieving effectiveness and success; the aims of all ‘Action Against Hate’ activity and those are as follows:-
• preventing hate crime
• dealing with hate crime
• getting more people reporting hate crime
• better supporting victims of hate crime, and,
• better understanding hate crime and its causes.
The Police Objectives to deliver these aims are set out within an action plan that is sub-divided in accordance with (i) Victims, (ii) Offenders, (iii) Communities, and, (iv) Transformation in line with the Cambridgeshire Crime and Police Plan.
In terms of dealing with hate crime Cambridgeshire Constabulary will ensure that all hate crimes are dealt with in an expeditious manner, keeping victims updated in accordance with the guidelines set out in the Victims Code. By responding effectively to hate crime and providing an effective investigation the aim is to reduce repeat victimisation and deliver investigations that promote a ‘positive intervention’ approach ensuring a victim-centred approach. For all monitored hate crimes the OIC (officer in the case – PC or DC) will call the victim within twenty-four hours of having been allocated the crime; for non-monitored hate crimes victim contact will be considered through the lens of harm, risk and threat. All OICs should consider involving partners to prevent repeat victimisation, to assist with problem-solving and to help the victim cope and recover from their experience(s). All hate crime investigation should be geared to increase public confidence and satisfaction.
What we are hoping to achieve by this strategy:
• Cambridgeshire has cohesive communities made up of individuals tolerant and respectful of difference.
• where information or intelligence exists that suggests the existence of hate incidents, hate crimes or community tension that have the potential to cause risk to life an immediate command chain will be adopted to ensure tactical delivery is swift and effective.
• where emerging hate crime, hate incidents or community tensions are identified that plans are put in place to minimise the risk(s) through a proportionate command structure, with appropriate resourcing levels.
• we totally understand ‘normality’ within our communities and can swiftly and readily identify hate-related, communitybased hostilities or differences to that ‘normal state’
• there is a greater confidence in reporting hate incidents and hate crime to the police.
• co-ordinated work with schools and other establishments takes place to educate and raise awareness amongst young people with regards to respect and tolerance.
• clear local links exist to ensure that each agency is working towards shared objectives and one single ‘Action against Hate’ outcome.
• hate crime, hate incidents and community tensions are prevented.
• victims of hate crime report greater levels of satisfaction in and confidence with the police (and partners)
• through third party reporting and greater levels of confidence in the police service there are greater levels of hate crime and incident-reporting.
• hate crime victims feel very supported, and
• through better recording and increased analytical work there is increased understanding (locally and nationally) as to all hate and their causes.
Hate crime statistics 2014 - 2019
| Type|| 2014|| 2015||2016 ||2017 ||2018 ||2019* |
| All hate crime crimes
| All hate crime markers
| Learning difficulties/disability
| Sexual orientation
The numerical data presented in this response is an un-audited snapshot of un-published data sourced from "live" systems and is subject to the interpretation of the original request by the individual extracting the data.
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