Annual National Hate Crime Statistics for England and Wales
In response to the publication today of the statistical bulletin on Hate Crime in England and Wales, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC) Lead on Hate Crime, PCC Hardyal Dhindsa, said the following:
"Nobody should be targeted for abuse simply for being who they are. Looking at the statistics today, I am pleased to see that more victims now have the courage to come forward and report, whilst forces and other partner agencies appear to be improving recording accuracy whilst developing a better understanding of what constitutes a hate crime.
"If you have been the victim of hate crime this year I stand alongside you - as Police and Crime Commissioners we will continue to hold forces to account in terms of bringing perpetrators to justice. We will also ensure that you receive any support you may need through the victims services we commission; I know only too well the emotional impact that being a victim of hate crime can have.
"If you have been targeted for abuse because of your race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because you are transgender (or other characteristics in certain force areas), please get in touch with the police by calling 101 (always call 999 in an emergency) through our charity partners or online via True Vision at www.report-it.org.uk."