More must be done to tackle hate crime
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA and Policing Board member Daithí McKay has said that a significant drop in the PSNI sanction clearance rates for sectarian, racist and homophobic hate crime was extremely concerning and said that the PSNI must do more to ensure that convictions were secured for such offences.
Mr McKay said:
"Over the last 4 months the sanction clearance rates for sectarian, racist and homophobic hate crimes have all decreased with the clearance rate for sectarian hate crime dropping from 14.4% to 7.9%. What is particularly concerning is that clearance rates in all three categories still remain below the overall sanction clearance rate of 15.2%. Clearance rates for homophobic hate crime for example have dropped to just 6.3%.
"Over all 8 policing districts the PSNI are behind in meeting their own targets in tackling sectarian, racist and homophobic crime. There must be a more concentrated effort in tackling hate crime by the PSNI over the next 8 months to improve upon these shocking figures. Progress in tackling crimes of this nature must be seen if police want to see an increase in public confidence." ENDS