Hate crime causes great distress to its victims and the wider
community. Examples of hate crime may include: verbal abuse,
property damage, violence, threats, offensive messages or other
Suffolk Police takes this type of crime very seriously and is
committed to tackling it to make our communities safer.
Any criminal offence, which is perceived, by the victim or any
other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a
person’s actual or perceived:
- Religion or belief
- Physical or sensory disability
- Learning disability or mental health
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity.
It is the policy of Suffolk Police to record and investigate
hate crime, and give high priority to the investigation of these
Full recognition is given to the fact that individual incidents,
which may appear minor in nature to some, are far more serious when
part of a pattern of behaviour directed at members of a minority
Suffolk Police uses a problem solving approach to seek long-term
solutions using all the benefits of inter-agency and partnership
People who witness or are the victim of hate crime are
encouraged to report the incident to the police as soon as
You can report Hate Crime directly to us online selecting
“Report a Crime” from the menu.
You can report Hate Crime online, anonymously via True Vision
To report hate crime, please see ‘related sections’, where you
can access our online reporting form.
If you prefer to speak to someone, please dial
101, where someone will be able to help you.
Always dial 999 when life is threatened or
people are injured, or if there is a crime in progress or an
immediate police response is necessary.
This is a multi-agency group coordinated by Victim Support and
commissioned by the Police & Crime Commissioner. The aim of the
group is to:
- Prevent hate crime happening by challenging the attitudes and
behaviours that foster hatred, and encourage early intervention to
reduce the risk of incidents escalating.
- Increase the reporting of hate crime that occurs by building
victims’ confidence to come forward and seek justice, and working
with partners at local level to ensure the right support is
available when they do.
For support contact: 0300 3030 165 or