Find information below about what hate incidents and hate crime are, how to report them, and how you can get involved in the scrutiny panel. You can also download the Police report on hate crime:
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) distinguishes between a hate incident and a hate crime:
“Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.”
“Any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.”
Hate incidents are incidents that do not constitute a criminal offence, but cause alarm, distress or harassment where anyone believes the victim has been targeted because of their race/ethnicity, religion/belief, gender/gender identity, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other actual or perceived difference.
Hate crimes and hate incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident where the perpetrator's hostility or prejudice against an identifiable group of people is a factor in determining who is victimised.
They can also be directed at whole communities – for example desecration of graveyards, vandalism of places of worship, offensive graffiti in public places, or acts of terrorism.
Hate crimes and hate incidents can include verbal abuse, threatening behaviour, offensive graffiti, harassment, malicious communications, damage to property and violence. We will record incidents which includes those the victim/witness feel have been committed on the grounds of:
Religion/faith and belief
Hate crime is a violation of personal and civil rights. In order to take effective action, these crimes and incidents need to be reported.
The Sheffield Hate Crime Panel scrutinises reported incidents of hate crime within the city and offer advice to the Police and other public bodies on how best to deal with certain incidents. More information is available on Sheffield Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel's Facebook site.
If you are interested in joining the panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next Hate Crime Scrutiny Panel meeting will be held on Wednesday 14 December, 5.45pm, Town Hall.
Download South Yorkshire Police's 2014 report on hate crime and incidents in Sheffield below.
South Yorkshire Police report on hate incidents and hate crime in Sheffield January 2014 to December 2014