Hate Crime

We are committed to tackling hate incidents and hate crimes and we take all reports seriously.

What are hate incidents and hate crimes?

Hate Incident

A hate incident is any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual, or perceived, disability, race, religion / faith, sexual orientation and or/transgender.

Hate Crime

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person's actual, or perceived, disability, race, religion / faith, sexual orientation and or/transgender.

There are 5 nationally agreed monitored hate crime categories and these are:

  • Disability
  • Race
  • Religion / Faith
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Transgender

We also have two additional categories and these are

  • Alternative sub-culture
  • Other

Alternative sub-culture means a discernible group that is characterised by a strong sense of collective identity and a set of group-specific values and tastes that typically centre on distinctive style/clothing, make-up, body art and music preferences.

Those involved usually stand out in the sense that their distinctiveness is discernible both to fellow participants and to those outside the group. Groups that typically place themselves under the umbrella of ‘alternative’ include goths, emos, punks, metallers and some variants of hippie and dance culture (although this list is not exhaustive)

Other is used where the motivation is different from the six categories above. For example: a person is a member of the Armed Forces or has been targeted because of their body size or appearance.

Stamp It Out

Stamp It Out’ is Leicestershire Police’s hate crime prevention campaign and brings together key partners and organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to provide a consistent approach to tackling hate incidents and hate crimes.

How can I report a hate incident or hate crime?

In an emergency always dial 999

In a non-emergency call 101

You can also report hate incident and hate crimes on-line at www.stamp-it-out.co.uk

If you have any hearing difficulties or a speech impairment, a text phone is available on 18001 101

Visit Contact Us for all the ways to get in touch.

Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel

Leicestershire Police’s Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel was established more than 15 years ago and continues to be an enormous asset in contributing to improvements in how officers respond to hate incidents and hate crimes.

Visit our Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel to find out more information, and how you can become a member.

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