Reporting hate crime
Essex Police takes hate crime very seriously and we would
encourage you to report it to us.
It’s important to let us know about hate
crime to give us a chance to investigate and prevent anyone else
being attacked or insulted, yet many incidents go unreported out of
fear or embarrassment.
It’s okay to feel this way but please don’t feel to blame.
Everyone has the right to live their life free from abuse and
violence whoever they are. You don’t have to live with hate
We can't deal with the problem unless it's reported to us so we
would encourage you to contact us whether you are experiencing
hate crime or know someone who is.
What can we do for you?
All incidents that are defined as
hate crime are referred to a specialist team of
These specialist Hate Crime Officers have
established links with other criminal justice agencies, as well as
many public and voluntary sector organisations, that are able to
provide you with other support and advice.
Hate Crime Officers and local community groups
will work together to solve the problem.
Essex Police will treat all victims of crime in a
professional and sensitive manner. We understand your concerns
regarding confidentiality and will consult with and advise you
through every step of the investigation.
Hate Crime Officers will provide support
and reassurance, explain the investigation process and they
will give you sufficient information so you can decide what you
want to do. They will give you guidance and get you help from our
partner agencies, if required. Above all we will stay in touch and
provide contact details where you can get the support you need.
How else can I report hate
If you don’t feel able to contact police directly, you can download
a self reporting
form and hand it in at your local police station.
This is a way of reporting hate crime in the strictest confidence
whether you directly experienced, witnessed or are reporting it on
behalf of someone else.
You do not have to give your name or address but please bear in
mind an officer will be unable to contact you if you choose to
Another way of reporting hate crime is to do so online using a
website supported by police services across the UK.
True Vision, a website that
launched in February 2011, allows visitors to report hate crime
using a form that is automatically delivered to the relevant police
True Vision also sets out other ways of reporting hate crime for
people who do not want to talk directly to the police.
You can also report crime anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555