How to report hate crime
Hate crimes, such as racist crime and homophobic crime, are one of our highest priorities. In partnership with external agencies, we’re supporting the needs of victims, their families and their communities to make them safer and prevent re-victimisation.
Is it an emergency
Does it feel like the situation could get heated or violent very soon? Is someone in immediate danger? Do you need support right away? If so, please call 999 now. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service 60066 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.
Why report hate crime?
It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are – or who people think they are. You have the right to live your life free from abuse and violence. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime remember it is not your fault and help is available.
By reporting hate crime you may be able to prevent this from happening again to you or someone else. Our officers and staff are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally.
Remember, you don’t have to be the victim of hate crime to report it. You can report anything you’ve seen happening to someone else, or report it on their behalf if they don’t want to.
Report hate crime online
Click ‘Start’ below to complete our quick and simple online form. Our team will investigate your report and get back to you within two days.
Average completion time: 20 minutes
Other ways to report hate crime
If you’d prefer not to get in touch online, there’s a range of ways you can report what happened.
Call 101Our national, non-emergency telephone number is staffed 24/7. Call us on 101 to report a hate crime or to get support or advice. If you're deaf or hard of hearing, use our textphone service on 60066.
Visit a police station
If you’d prefer to speak to an officer in person, we can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.
Hate crime reporting centres
Also known as third-party reporting centres, these are places you can go for advice from trained people if you don't want to go to the police.
Report hate material you've seen online
If you've seen something on a website or social media that promotes hatred or violence against a particular group, use our online form to report it.
Average completion time: 15 minutes
In most cases, you don't need an appointment. You'll be given advice and support by a trained team member.
Monday to Friday, 9am to 1.30pm
Ahmaddiya Nazir Mosque
Monday and Friday, 8pm to 9pm
Aztec Day Service
Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm by appointment only
For more information please call 07973 623516
Chatham Memorial Synagogue
366 High Street
Friday 6pm to 8pm and Saturday 10am to 12 noon
Kent Muslim Welfare Association
114 Canterbury Street
Friday 2pm to 3pm and 7pm to 8pm
We understand that you may not be ready to talk to us about what has happened. The charities, groups and organisations below can offer support, advice and ways to report the incident without having to talk directly to the police.
Other useful links
A national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously.
A national project supporting victims of anti-Muslim hate and monitoring anti-Muslim incidents.
Community Security Trust (CST)
A charity protecting British Jews from antisemitism and related threats.
A national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.