Today’s Scotland is a diverse community made up of unique individuals who bring a wide range of skills, experiences and cultures to the country in which we all live and work.
Police Scotland’s National Equality and Diversity Unit strive to promote and support local policing areas addressing under reporting of ‘Hate Related Crime’ in their communities, attempting to break down perceived barriers surrounding the reporting of Hate Crimes or Incidents, thus promoting increased public confidence.
Hate crime happens in many different ways. It can be offensive graffiti, someone shouting and swearing at you or threatening you, being physically attacked or receiving online abuse.
If you have been targeted simply because of who you are or who the person targeting you thinks you are then this is called hate crime. Police Scotland treats hate crime very seriously. Hate crime in any form is never acceptable.
If hate crime happens to you, or you are aware that it is happening to someone else, please report it. We will treat you with respect. We will fully investigate the incident and do all we can to bring offenders to justice.
You can report hate crime in different ways;
- Phone 101 or 999 in an emergency,
- Use our online hate crime reporting form on the Police Scotland website.
- You can visit a police station
- Via ‘Contact 999 by SMS’ text service for Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing and people with speech issues. Please remember that your phone must be registered to use this service.
- Via one of our third party reporting centres. More information on third party reporting centres can be found on the Police Scotland website.
For further information contact the Specialist Crime Division Edinburgh Diversity Unit: SCDEdinburghDiversityUnit@scotland.pnn.police.uk