Prosecuting Hate Crime

The Police consider all hate crime to be very serious, including all hate crime. When a case is prosecuted, the courts can impose a stronger sentence under powers from the Criminal Justice Act 2003. This reflects the priority placed on these crimes. Cambridgeshire Constabulary have performance measures in place to ensure the service they offer is of the highest standard.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is the organisation that takes cases through the court system. They have produced guidance on Racist and Religious Hate Crime that is available on their website. www.cps.gov.uk/publications/equality/hate_crime/index.html

The CPS has also produced two leaflets relating to Hate Crime.

The first, Hate Crime - what it is and what to do about it, is primarily aimed at victims and witnesses, and is a short guide about hate crime; what it is, what you can do about it and who can help.

The second, Hate Crime- what it is and how to support victims and witnesses, is a guide is about hate crime and how to help those who may be victims of this kind of offending behaviour. It is designed for people working in voluntary organisations, as well as frontline staff in health, housing or social welfare – in fact anyone who might be the first to hear about an incident.

Hate Crime leaflet ' Easy Read

The CPS has written a leaflet called 'Hate Crime - what it is and what to do about it' for people who think that a hate crime might have been done to them, or who think they have seen a hate crime being done to someone else.

They have also written a longer leaflet called 'Hate Crime - what it is and how to support victims and witnesses'. This is about hate crime as well, and is for people who work for voluntary organisations and people who work in health, housing or social care.

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