Only 3.5 per cent of hate crime reports recorded as Constance hails success of new law

Only 3.5 per cent of hate crime reports recorded as Constance hails success of new law

Angela Constance

Justice Secretary Angela Constance has said that the spike in hate crime reports in the first week of new legislation coming into force shows “how vital tackling hate crime is”, despite the fact that only 3.5 per cent of reports had been recorded.

Police Scotland has received 7,152 online hate reports between April 1 and April 7. Of these, 240 have been recorded.

Hailing the success of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Act 2021, Ms Constance said: “These statistics show that of the significant number of online hate crime reports made to Police Scotland since 1 April, almost half came in on the day the new legislation commenced, with the number of daily complaints falling by 90 per cent within the first week. These comparison statistics show how vital tackling hate crime is and how it is not a new issue for Scotland’s police and justice system.

“Police Scotland has been clear that demand continues to be managed within its contact centres and the impact on frontline policing has been minimal. I want to thank police staff and officers for their dedication and professionalism in their work as this law came into force and for all they do, day in and day out, to keep our communities safe.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “This data highlights the substantial increase in the number of online hate reports being received since 1 April.

“This significant demand continues to be managed within our contact centres and so far the impact on frontline policing, our ability to answer calls and respond to those who need our help in communities across Scotland has been minimal.

“All complaints received are reviewed by officers, supported by dedicated hate crime advisers, and dealt with appropriately, whether that is being progressed for further assessment, or closed as they do not meet the criteria under the legislation”.

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