Hate Crime & Third Party Reporting

Police Scotland takes hate crime very seriously and will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.

If you have been targeted because of your disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity, or you are aware of someone else being targeted, we want you to report it.

Reporting hate crime is important.  If you report it we can deal with it, we can try to prevent the same thing happening to someone else and together we can work to rid Scotland of hate.

We are committed to dealing with hate crime and take all reports of hate crime seriously.

You can report a hate crime: 

Third party reporting

In some cases victims and witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the Police, and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.

To ensure anyone is able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of 3rd Party Reporting Centres. These partners have been trained to assist people in submitting a report to the police, and can make such a report their behalf.

Examples of 3rd Party Reporting Centres participating in the scheme range from Housing Associations to Victim Support offices and Voluntary Groups. 

Find your nearest Third Party Reporting Centre.

If you are interested in becoming a Third Party Reporting Centre, please contact the Equality & Diversity unit by e-mailing SCDEdinburghDiversityUnit@scotland.pnn.police.uk