Are you, or is someone you know, being bullied, harassed or verbally abused? Is this because of your race, religion, disability, sexuality or gender identity?
If so, this is a hate incident and should be reported.
When you call Kent Police, ask for the incident reference number. A police officer will come to speak to you as soon as possible. (Make sure you get the police officer's name and number.) An investigating officer will always be assigned to you and you will advised who that person is.
Report it to others...
If you're not sure about contacting the police, you might prefer to:
We are committed to stamping out all crime motivated by hate and prejudice. We know that hate crimes and incidents are significantly underreported. Please have the trust and confidence to report hate crimes and incidents to us. You will always be dealt with professionally and sympathetically.
Kent Police is also signed up to Mencap's 'Stand by Me' police promise. This demonstrates Kent Police's continued commitment to stand by people with learning difficulties and our commitment to put an end to hate crime.
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) defines a hate incident as:
'any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.'
ACPO defines a hate crime as:
'any hate incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.'
Prejudice or hate may be based on personal characteristics including: