HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has committed to a statutory inspection of the policing response to Hate Crime as part of its Scrutiny Plan for 2019-20. Hate Crime is not in itself a specific crime or offence but a descriptive term covering crime and incidents which are motivated by hate. The difference between a Hate Crime and Hate Incident may merely be whether the circumstances amount to a crime.
The aim of this inspection will be to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Police Scotland's response to Hate Crime. The inspection will examine in detail the accessibility and ease with which communities can record crime and incidents where hatred and intolerance features.HMICS will also review call handling procedures in place to identify and prioritise this form of crime.