HATE CRIME REPORT 2008–2009
Foreword by the Director of Public Prosecutions
I am delighted to introduce the CPS’ second annual hate crime report for 2008-09.Hate crime is an issue of human rights. People from all communities have a legitimate expectation to beprotected from the prejudice and discrimination that are at the root of hate crime. Bringing hate crimes to justice is fundamental to achieving this protection and the confidence of all the communities we exist toserve. I am determined that we play our part.I am pleased to see the progress that the CPS has made over the years. We have met the overall hate crimetarget, sustained our good performance on prosecuting racist hate crime and increased the volume ofhomophobic and transphobic, and disability hate crime cases being prosecuted. However we still have someway to go. Our demographic information on victims and witnesses needs to be improved and we need tofocus our efforts to continue to increase the volume of disability hate crime cases in particular.We are developing our very successful and groundbreaking initiative to establish hate crime scrutiny panels.They are a driving force for improvement at the local level. We continue to take part in nationalprogrammes to improve the wider response to hate crime. For example, the cross government hate crimeaction plan was published in September 2009. This programme brings together various governmentdepartments ranging from Department of Health, Department of Children, Schools and Families to theHome Office, and the Crown Prosecution Service. The Action Plan demonstrates the Government'scommitment to tackling the life cycle of hate crime at its various stages including: prevention, reporting,victim support, prosecution, sentencing and probation.This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Stephen Lawrence report. I would like to mark this importantanniversary by paying tribute to the work of Doreen and Neville Lawrence and others. Their work, of whichwe can all be proud, has led to the establishment of a robust blue print for the policy and law to deal withhate crime in this country.