How to improve hate crime reporting?

A capacity building workshop on improving reporting and recording hate crime was held at the UK’s Ministry of Justice in London on 23 March.

The workshop arose from the work of FRA’s hate crime working party which brings together representatives from EU Member States. The interactions throughout the day allowed participants to identify features from various online anonymous reporting schemes that could be tested and applied in their own countries.

Three areas were covered during the workshop: How civil society organisations work with the police to improve reporting and recording; government measures to increase reporting; and how criminal justice systems record hate crime.

During the event, different models of cooperation between NGOs, public authorities and communities were presented and illustrated. This included sharing experiences of how NGO cooperation on hate crime reporting works in practice and how such relationships can be effectively built. The True Vision online information and hate crime reporting portal was also presented. This formed the basis of a discussion on various legal and technical issues that revolve around anonymous reporting. In addition, participants were presented with an overview of the various police and prosecution hate crime recording systems that exist in the UK. This was used to help frame discussions on how to develop and collect hate crime statistical recording systems.

In all, participants from 13 EU Member States attended the workshop. The participants included representatives from the police, the Ministries of Interior, of Justice, of Public Order and Citizens’ Protection and of Employment. Civil society organisations, particularly those who cooperate with public authorities on hate crime monitoring and third party reporting also took part