Hate Crime (10)

MQT on 2017-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Guidance from the CPS on hate crimes states that 'flagging is a subjective process' and that the police are not required to provide sufficient evidence for flagging a hate crime. In how many hate crimes flagged between 8th May 2016 and 30th November 2017 was there sufficient evidence of the aggravating factor, and in how many cases was the aggravating factor not proven?



Answer for Hate Crime (10)

Answer for Hate Crime (10)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers determine whether an incident constitutes a hate crime in line with defined criteria included in the definition for racially and religious aggravated offences and racially or religiously motivated offences both would fall under the umbrella of Hate Crime. Crimes are reviewed by police supervisors throughout the lifespan of the investigation, the CPS often review cases and may comment on whether 'racially or religious aggravated factors' exist and the Crime Management Unit also considers whether crimes are correctly classified. Whilst this system of review is in place the Crime Recording System is not configured in such a way as to provide statistics on whether or not a crime was correctly flagged as a 'Hate Crime'.