Our campaign to tackle Hate Crime is well underway. Officers in Edinburgh had a 'cuppa' with members of the community and chatted about the issue. They also encouraged community members to get involved in the Policing 2026 consultation - to give their views on the future of policing and how we can work together to protect the vulnerable.
With over 300 Third Party Reporting Sites across the country, hate crime is a priority for Police Scotland and the campaign seeks to reinforce the message that prejudice based on sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, racial or religious lines will not be tolerated.
As victims don’t always think a crime has been committed or thinking that ignoring the issue will make it go away, hate crime has become a widely unreported problem in Scotland. The campaign aims to provide a greater understanding to the public about what constitutes hate crime and how it can be reported.
Hate crime is defined as a crime perceived as being motivated by malice or ill will towards a particular social group on the basis of their actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion.
Individuals who think targeting people who are different to them is acceptable behaviour are being forced to think again. Police Scotland is working with partner organisations to end such activity and bring perpetrators to justice.
Report Hate Crime to Police Scotland or click here to find information on reporting to other supporting agencies. You can also find more information through the Police Scotland Hate Crime video channel on Youtube.