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Irish Police Force (An Garda Síochána).
All religious and racial minorities, Roma and Traveller individuals and/or migrants, including:
National (Department of Justice/government).
Under An Garda Síochána’s Diversity and Integration Strategy 2019–2021, actions are under way to improve the internal recording of hate crimes and encourage the reporting of hate crimes by the public.
The strategy has a significant focus on enhancing the identification, reporting, investigation and prosecution of hate crimes.
Key outcomes of the strategy include an increase in hate crime reporting, and the provision of accurate and reliable data to inform intelligence-led policing to prevent and detect this type of crime.
The first step in this process was taken in October 2019, with the introduction of a working definition of hate crime. The definition recognises the existing and emerging diverse composition of our communities and aims to protect all minorities and diverse groups in society.
The definition states that a hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to, in whole or in part, be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on actual or perceived age, disability, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or gender”.
In addition, as part of the strategy, updates to the Police Using Leading Systems Effectively (PULSE) Garda information technology (IT) system (version 7.6) in October 2020 have formalised the recording of hate-related motivations for all incidents (both crime and non-crime). This will enable the reporting of hate-related incidents and the more accurate collation of data in relation to these incidents.
The revised classifications will allow for detailed reporting of hate-related incidents. The use of consistent keywords that are based on the definitions in the strategy will also support automated coherence checks on incident narratives to verify the data.
Consultations were carried out with stakeholders from new and minority Irish communities, who engaged positively with An Garda Síochána in the development of the strategy. These stakeholders included academics who have provided invaluable inputs in the development of hate crime conversations, government organisations, non-governmental organisations and civil society organisations.
Monitoring of the strategy is carried out by the Garda National Diversity Steering Group, which includes representatives from diverse stakeholder groups, in addition to Garda regulatory oversight bodies. The strategy is also subject to quarterly ongoing review and will undergo a final evaluation in the last quarter of 2021.
The Garda National Diversity & Integration Unit
Garda Community Relations Bureau
Telephone: +353 1 6663150