Hate hurts. Report it and put a stop to it.

'Hate' can cause a range of emotional responses, including fear, anger and shock. People experience mental and physical well-being issues such as problems sleeping, depression, anxiety and paranoia. Hate hurts and no-one should have to tolerate it.

Hate can be any incident or crime, motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability. It includes:

  • A criminal offence where the law is broken is a hate crime
  • An incident that is not criminal offences is a hate incident

What is hate crime?

Hate crime is an incident or crime which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice or hostility (or perceived to be so) against a person’s:

  • Race – nationality, ethnicity, skin colour and heritage
  • Faith – religion, belief, non-religious belief
  • Disability – physical, hearing and visual impairments, mental ill health and learning disabilities
  • Sexual orientation - people who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or heterosexual
  • Gender identity - people who identify as ‘trans’ including transgender or transsexual people
It can include things like:
  • Physical assault
  • Damage to property
  • Offensive graffiti
  • Arson
  • Inciting hatred online
What is a hate incident?
The Police can only prosecute when the law is broken, but we also want to know about non-crime hate incidents. These incidents may not be criminal offences but often can feel like a crime to those affected, and can sometimes escalate to crimes, therefore, we work with partners to try and prevent this from happening. Non-crime hate incidents include things such as offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing. 

We are committed to tackling hate, no matter what form it comes in. We will deal with your report professionally and with consideration to your needs and wishes. No-one should have to live with fear, anxiety and consequences of hate.

For more information about hate read our leaflet here.

Put a stop to it

Here’s Superintendent Sarah Poolman, the hate crime lead, detailing our commitment to tackling the problem.  

Even if you are unsure whether what you have experienced or witnessed was a crime, by reporting the incident, it enables us to support the victim, deal with it appropriately, work with our partners to better understand hate crime and ultimately, stop others becoming victims.

Report it                                          

Call 101 or in an emergency call 999.  You can also report Hate online, click here for the form.

Click here for more ways to contact us


Alternative agencies to report Hate 

As well as the police you can also report hate to other agencies if you prefer. Please bear in mind this information will be passed onto us to investigate. As well as South Yorkshire Police there are a number of agencies that can support you if you have been a victim of a Hate crime. 

True Vision

Reporting centres in Rotherham

Reporting centres in Sheffield 

Reporting centres in Barnsley

Reporting centres in Doncaster

Crimestoppers – Report anonymously on 0800 555 111. Anonymous reports will be brought to the attention of the police by the centres; however, an investigation may be limited when reports are anonymous.

Further information including links to other organisations and guidance on online reporting can be found at www.report-it.org.uk. This site also holds information which relates to specific groups, safety tips and other support  resources.

Hate Crime Awareness Week

As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week 14-21 October, we’re shining a light on hate as part of our forcewide ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign. We want to encourage as many people as possible to join our ‘pledge’ in making a stand against hate. Please download and share the attached pledge on Facebook and Twitter

School Competition

Chance to win a school class trip to the Tropical Butterfly House.

Fancy meeting some beautiful butterflies, seeing fantastic birds and farm animals? All you need to do is get all creative and tell us what you think about hate crime and how it makes you feel.

Hate crimes and incidents are when somebody does or says something horrible to another person because of the colour of their skin, where they are from, their religion, a disability, or whether they like boys, girls or both.

We want you to tell us how this would make you feel by creating a song, rap or poem.

The competition will be judged by our Chief Constable, Stephen Watson, who will shortlist four entries. These will then be published on social media and then the public will decide the overall winner.

The winner will be announced on our social media channels and their entire class at school will win a trip to Tropical Butterfly House in Sheffield.


Here’s an example to give you some inspiration:

Hate has to stop now

And don’t let your head bow

Treat people how you want to be treated

End people feeling humiliated


How to enter:

You can film or audio record your lyrics or poems. They can be as long or as short as you like. You can do this on your own, with a friend or your entire class at school.

Entries can be sent in the post to:

South Yorkshire Police
Corporate Communications
Carbrook House
Carbrook Hall Road
S9 2DB

Or emailed to engagement@southyorks.pnn.police.uk


Competition rules:

·        All entries must fit the theme of ‘hate hurts’ for further information about hate crimes and incidents visit: southyorks.police.uk/hatehurts

·        All entrants must be aged 10 to 14 years old and must currently live in South Yorkshire (on date of entry to the competition)

·        All entrants must clearly state, their name, age and school name

·        Closing date for entries is Wednesday, 25 October at midnight

·        Entries can be submitted by e-mail or by post along with written consent from parent or guardian

·        Postal entries can be sent to: South Yorkshire Police, Corporate Communications, Carbrook House, Carbrook Hall Road, S9 2DB

·        Email entries can be sent to engagement@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

·        A final four entries will be shortlisted by Chief Constable Stephen Watson and published on social media, with the public deciding the overall winner

·        Any entry may also be used as part of the hate hurts campaign on the force website and social media accounts

·        The winning entrant or group of entrant’s school will receive tickets to visit the Tropical Butterfly House, Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQ

·        Jungle Package, admission only. Tickets based on 32 pupils, 1 free adult per 5 children

·        Entries, the first name, age and school of all entrants will be displayed on the force’s digital platforms and released to media

·        Any submissions cannot be returned to sender

·        South Yorkshire Police may amend and reproduce any submitted song lyrics or poem following the competition

·        South Yorkshire Police has the right to discount any entries that contain inappropriate images or language, or do not fit with the given theme