Northampton

Plan for new 'hate crime' policy in Northampton

A new policy to improve the way Northampton Borough Council deals with hate crimes is to go before councillors.

The council's cabinet is being asked to back the new policy which would see training given to staff in how to recognise and deal with hate crimes.

The policy would see officers from council departments monitoring and recording hate crimes.

The proposals go before the cabinet committee on Wednesday.

Borough council officer Bill Edwards, who is recommending the council adopts the new policy, said: "The problem of hate related crime is widespread and there is significant under-reporting.

"The county's target is to increase the level of reporting by 20% from the 2009/2010 baseline figure of 1,519. As at 31 July this year, the number of reports had decreased by 3.1%."

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