ACPO publishes hate crime data for 2011
ACPO has today published hate crime data for the period of 1st January to 31st December 2011, highlighting the five ‘monitored’ forms of hate crime classifications used by the police service
In 2011, the police recorded 44,519 crimes where the victim, or any other person, perceived the criminal offence was motivated by hostility based on a person’s race, religious belief, sexual orientation, disability or where the victim was perceived to be transgender. This compares with 48,127 crimes reported in 2010.
ACPO lead on hate crime, Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris, said:
“Hate crimes cause a great deal of fear among victims and communities. We are determined to reduce the harm caused by hate crime and as a service, we have listened to victims’ groups who have told us that publishing this data will improve confidence in the police and the wider criminal justice system.
“The 2011 data importantly shows a further increase in disability hate crime. While we would obviously want to see reductions in the incidence of all hate crime, we know that disability hate crimes have been significantly under-reported in the past. We remain committed to building confidence in and improving our recording practices, so that more victims get the service they deserve. We will do all in our power to continue with this positive improvement and I would encourage anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report this to their local police or use True Vision, our online reporting facility at www.report-it.org.uk.”
From April 2008, all police forces began to measure hate crime in the five monitored victim strands.
Hate crime victim’s groups have informed the Government’s Hate Crime Strategy Board, which includes representatives from across government and the criminal justice system, that the publication of hate crime data would help improve victim’s confidence in the criminal justice system.
As a result, the Hate Crime Strategy Board asked ACPO to publish hate crime data as an interim measure, pending inclusion in formal Home Office statistics. The data and previous years releases can be viewed on our True Vision web facility at http://www.report-it.org.uk/hate_crime_data1.
Notes to Editors
- In November 2007, ACPO Cabinet gave its support to a common definition of ‘monitored hate crime’ which had been developed with other agencies under the cross government Hate Crime Programme. This is now the accepted definition across all criminal justice system agencies and relevant government departments.
- These figures cover England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The 2008-2010 figures are available on the ACPO Hate Crime website http://www.report-it.org.uk/hate_crime_data1
- Since 1st April 2011 hate crime data has been reported into the Home Office by all forces in England and Wales (excluding Northern Ireland). This ACPO data is released alongside the first Home Office data set which is not directly comparable because;
o The Home Office data covers the 12 months from April 2011
o The Home Office data includes cases of ‘multiple hostility’
o The ACPO Data includes offences from Northern Ireland
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The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is an independent, professionally led strategic body. In the public interest and, in equal and active partnership with Government and partner agencies, ACPO leads and co-ordinates the direction and development of the police service in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In times of national need ACPO, on behalf of all chief officers, co-ordinates the strategic policing response.
ACPO’s 311 members consist of 223 chief police officers from the home forces of assistant chief constable rank (commanders in the Metropolitan Police and City of London Police) and above, plus 60 senior police staff members from the 44 forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Non home forces such as British Transport Police have 25 chief police officer members and there are three members from the Service Police.