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Press release on HMICFRS inspection of police responses to hate crime

A report released today by the HMICFRS (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services) finds that police forces are failing hate crime victims.

Nik Noone, CEO of Galop the LGBT+ anti-violence charity said:

‘We were pleased to work with the HMICFRS inspection of police responses to hate crime. We welcome their recommendations and share its concerns about the response to victims.’

‘People need to have the confidence that if they take the decision to report they will be met with a professional, empathetic and respectful response.’

‘We call on police forces to address the needs of people facing homophobia, transphobia and biphobia so that LGBT+ people receive access to a fair and just response.’

The HMICFRS report stated that the police response wasn’t good enough in 89 out of the 180 cases it looked at. It found evidence of LGBT victims facing delays, lack of action, misgendering and being let down.

Working with victims of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes

Galop’s new information resource supporting criminal justice agencies work with victims of anti-LGBT hate crime released alongside the inspection report can be found here:

Working with victims of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes