In England and Wales, hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted because of hostility or prejudice in relation to:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
This can be committed against a person or property.
A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.
If a person is convicted of a criminal offence, and hostility in relation to any of the above five categories is proven, then any sentence they receive will be increased to take in to account that it is a hate crime.
For more information about hate crime, and the police service’s response to it, see the national True Vision website http://www.report-it.org.uk/
You can listen to an audio version of information about how to report hate crime to Greater Manchester Police and what a hate crime incident is here:
Alternative Sub-culture Hate Crime
The 5 categories above are agreed nationally, and every police service in England and Wales records these as hate crimes. It is an option for any individual police service to add additional categories.
From April 2013 Greater Manchester Police has recorded Alternative Sub-culture related hate crime.
We have done this following work we have carried out in partnership with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, as we feel that adding this extra category of hate crime will help us better understand how some people are suffering from crimes because of their appearance, and better respond to the needs of victims of crime.
To find out more about Alternative Sub-culture hate crime, and the murder of Sophie Lancaster visit www.sophielancasterfoundation.com
You can let Greater Manchester Police know about an Alternative Sub-culture hate crime via the national True Vision on-line reporting form – simply select “other” as a category and write alternative sub-culture in the box provided.
Learning Disability Hate Crime
Hate crime is when someone treats you badly because you have a learning disability. It is wrong for anyone to
- hurt you
- call you names
- take your things
- make you feel unsafe
There is an Easy Read leaflet you can download from the right of this page.
There is also a Disability Hate Crime Poster you can download from the right of this page.
You can find more easy read information about hate crime and how to report to the police on our easy read page.
Transphobic Hate Crime Report
This report addresses the fact that transphobic related incidents are the most unreported of all hate crimes. It makes recommendations on how to increase reporting from within the trans community.
Between 2013 to 2015, GMP in conjunction with GMP Pride Network and Transforum Manchester, spoke to members of the trans community to learn about their experiences when reporting hate crime and interacting with police. The report takes these findings and makes recommendations for improving the quality of reporting and supporting of victims within the trans community, such as better training for frontline staff, dedicated officers to lead on trans issues, and the consideration of the use of restorative justice for transphobic hate cases.
Internet Hate Crime
The True Vision website (which is published by the Association of Chief Police Officers on behalf of all the police services in England and Wales) explains how the police respond to hate crime on the internet and how you can report it to us.
GMP regularly publishes details about the number of hate crimes reported to us, and how well we have done in solving those crimes. See our Equality Performance Data page.
Hate crime related Equality Objectives
In our Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy, we have incorporated equality objectives that are specific to hate crime. See our Equality Publications page.
How to report hate crime
1. Call Greater Manchester Police on 101. If it’s an emergency always call 999.
2. Fill in the online reporting form
- .Fill in the form on the True Vision hate crime reporting site for England and Wales
3. Get in touch with our Partnership Teams. A list of your local experts can be found here.
4. Visit a reporting centre. These are independent, non-police centres that allow you to report events in total confidence. If you don’t want to talk to anyone, you can pick up a self-reporting pack. These are listed at the bottom of these pages:
- North Manchester
- South Manchester
5. Call Crimestoppers with information relating to a hate crime. For example, following a police appeal for witnesses after an incident. They’ll not ask for your name and your call is not traced or recorded. Contact them on 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers website.
6. Download the Hate Crime Reporting App
- You can download the official True Vision hate crime reporting app and use it to report a hate crime to Greater Manchester Police.
Below is an updated list of useful contacts
To find out more about hate crime, speak to your local expert. You’ll get lots of information including:
- details of your Neighbourhood Policing Team
- how to arrange a visit from your Neighbourhood Policing Team
- local support agencies
- CI Laura Marler
- Sergeant Melanie Davidson
- Sergeant Darren Callaghan
- PC JoanneE Green
- PC Martin Aylett
- PC Julie Wallwork
- Sergeant Richard Kane
- PC Krys Urbaniak
- PC Sarah Stocks
- PC Lisa Cameron
- PC Chris Hayden
- Sergeant Jill Slaine
- PC Chris Maginess
- PC Kelly Appleton
- Sergeant Paul Ellis
- PC Leanne Blake
- PC Andy Vernon
- Sergeant Sharon Jackson
- PC Paula James
- PC Clive Rigby
- Sergeant Rachel Nutsey
- PC Neil Parkin
- PC Simon Woodcock
- Sergeant Carolyn Jones
- PC Andrew F Hayes
- PC Jane Watson
- Sergeant Gareth Davies
- PC Angela Anderton
- PC Nicholas Mccarroll
- Sergeant Gary Wheelhouse
- PC Gavin Brierley
- PC Gerry Cooper
- PC Tony Farrell