CPS consultation on discrimination nearing conclusion
The Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) consultation on public policy relating to discriminatory crime and hate crime comes to an end on Monday 9 January, with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) urging the public to respond.
The consultation looks at a number of topics including crimes against Disabled People, offences involving hostility on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and Racially and Religiously Aggravated hate crime.
The policy statements acknowledge the damaging and wide ranging effects of racially and religiously aggravated hate crimes, homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and crimes against disabled people on individuals and wider communities.
Commenting on the public consultation, Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, said:
“Hate crimes display an ugly element of our society and can be particularly devastating to victims who have been targeted because of factors such as race, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
“Last year we completed more hate crime prosecutions than ever before, with more than four in five prosecuted cases resulting in a conviction. We work very closely with police to ensure hate crimes of all kinds are recognised and dealt with as such at the earliest opportunity.
“We work hard to ensure our guidance stays relevant so that our prosecutors are equipped to deal with modern crime and consultations are a vital part of that process.
“We are very keen to hear from people, including anyone who may have been a victim of a hate crime, and I would like to encourage supporters of Kick It Out to take part.”
To participate in the consultation, please click here.