APCC response to hate crime stats
The latest statistics on hate crimes recorded by the police and information on hate crime have been released by the Home Office. The statistics show a 5% decrease in hate crime compared to the previous year – the first time there has been a fall since records began.
APCC Lead for Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, Alison Lowe OBE said:
“Whilst I am pleased to see a decrease in Hate Crime, we still have a long way to go to eradicate this despicable behaviour.
“I want to live in a society where everyone can live their lives free of harassment and fear. Diversity is something that should be celebrated, and we must send a clear message to those who target people for who they are that their behaviour and actions will not be tolerated.
“As Police and Crime Commissioners and Deputy Mayors, we will continue to hold Chief Constables to account for their response to, and investigation of, hate crime so that everybody, no matter who they are, can live in a society where they feel safe."
NB: Alison is the Deputy Mayor for West Yorkshire Combined Authority.