Quarter 3 - December 2018 performance
Although 208 represents a fall in reports compared to the previous quarters this year, the Hate Incident Support Service is still on track to process 800 referrals this financial year.
Quarter 2 - September 2018 performance
264 reports of hate incidents and hate crimes were reported to the Hate Incident Support Service during Quarter 2 2018/19. This is the same number of reports made during the previous quarter.
Quarter 1 - June 2018 performance
264 reports of hate incidents and hate crimes were reported to the Hate Incident Support Service during Quarter 1 2018/19. This is a very slight increase on the number of reports made during the previous quarter. If reporting continues at this level, the target of 800 reports will be reached this year.
Improved levels of outreach and engagement work are anticipated to have contributed to the increase compared to the 2016/17 level of reporting. This has included specific learning disability work, disability outreach, schools work and general community awareness raising undertaken by both WSCC and the HISS (Hate Incident Support Services).
Additionally there have been new promotional materials published which improve accessibility and are tailored to different audiences.
There have been some process improvements in the automatic referrals into the HISS from Sussex Police which contribute to this increase. The implementation of a new data extraction model to get information from the police database is providing to be more reliable adding confidence to the reporting figures and enabling a larger number of victims and witnesses to be supported.
We know there has been a general increase in reporting nationally over the last year, along with an increased profile and this has helped people to be more aware of what hate incidents/hate crimes are, and the importance of reporting and getting support.