Reporting and Recording of Racist Incidents and Crimes

The Home Office’s webpage on advice for victims of crime

In the mission to combat racism within society one of Macpherson Recommendations was to make it easier and more accessible to report racist crimes. Services should be provided for people to easily report racist incidents twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and not just in police stations as this may deter some people. Also, the Crown Prosecution and the police need to improve their system of recording racist crimes. If a specific crime might be racially motivated this needs to be included in the records from the start and retained in the system for future reference. 

13. That the term "racist incident" must be understood to include crimes and non-crimes in policing terms. Both must be reported, recorded and investigated with equal commitment.


15. That Codes of Practice be established by the Home Office, in consultation with Police Services, local Government and relevant agencies, to create a comprehensive system of reporting and recording of all racist incidents and crimes.


16. That all possible steps should be taken by Police Services at local level in consultation with local Government and other agencies and local communities to encourage the reporting of racist incidents and crimes. […]


21. That the MPS (Metropolitan Police) review their procedures for the recording and retention of information in relation to incidents and crimes, to ensure that adequate records are made by individual officers and specialist units in relation to their functions, and that strict rules require the retention of all such records as long as an investigation remains open.

 

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