Racist Hate Crime

A racist incident is when you your family or property is subjected to violence, damage or harassment because of your racial origins or the colour of your skin.

The police use the following definition when recording a racist incident:

"A racist incident is any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person."

This means if you, or any person, believes what happened was committed because of race or colour, report it.

A racist attack may be easy to identify due to verbal or written threats of a racist nature. However, a personal attack or damage to property may not contain evidence that the incident was racist. This does not matter.

It is our job to help you identify what has happened and make sure that appropriate action is taken.

Why you should report it

Reporting racist crime means you help the police to build up patterns of crime and apprehend offenders. Any information you can give us will help us build up our knowledge.

What you know may provide us with the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.

A name, address or a description of someone who commits a hate crime will enable us to target criminals and stop the abuse.

Left unreported people who carry out these crimes are likely to commit similar offences again and could be harming others. Your report may prevent it from happening to someone else.

A racist attack may be easy to identify due to verbal or written threats of a racist nature. However, a personal attack or damage to property may not contain evidence that the incident was racist. This does not matter.

It is our job to help you identify what has happened and make sure that appropriate action is taken.

We take racist incidents seriously. If someone you know is a victim, or if you are a witness, then please report it.

No incident is trivial.

Privacy and confidentiality

All reports of racist incidents will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Report a hate crime

Visit our main Hate Crime page to find out information on how to report a hate crime.

Useful organisations

Most of the following organisations operate across Derbyshire. There are some exceptions, but these are accompanied by an explanation.

Derby Racial Equality Council

Works in partnership to promote racial equality.

Telephone: 01332 372 428

Fax: 01332 206 289

Derby Refugee and Asylum Advice Centre

Operates within Derby, providing information and support for refugees and asylum seekers.

Telephone: 01332 347 947

Open on Tuesday and Thursday 10am - 4pm

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.