CST joins phone app for reporting hate crime

29 Sep 2017 by CST

CST is delighted to announce it has joined the Witness Confident ‘Self Evident’ app, designed for reporting hate crime. The app has been developed by the charity with the support of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan and Sussex Police forces to provide the public with a convenient and efficient way to report crimes to the Police. The app can also be used to report any type of crime that isn’t an emergency, including hate crime.

With regard to the using the app, when the reporter clicks ‘Send’, the right Police team automatically receives an email containing a link to the crime report. If the reporter also clicks to receive support services for hate crime, the relevant support organisation – which is CST for antisemitic hate crime – will receive a link to the crime report and will be able to see all the information and evidence that the reporter submitted to the Police, as well as receiving the reporter’s details so they can make contact.

The app allows you to:

  • Report a crime from your smartphone without going through the hassle of calling the Police
  • Include photographic and video evidence
  • Validate the evidence you captured with a date, time and location
  • Record by video or write a reliable statement; the app provides probing questions to make sure a full and detailed account of the incident is captured
  • Keep a secure record of your report
  • Access support services from CATCH, the Community Alliance to Combat Hate, organisation, which CST is part of 

The app also allows support services affiliated to the app and the Police to identify and support repeat and vulnerable victims of hate crime. Since it was created in 2013, it has been downloaded over 20,000 times. CST still urges reporters to contact CST directly when they experience an antisemitic incident, and CST can also liaise with the Police on your behalf. If you would like to report an incident please contact the CST incidents team. 

This app is just for hate crimes in London and Sussex and it is available for free download from Google Play and the iTunes App Store.

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“Since 2003, CST has been a stalwart supporter of ODIHR in its efforts to effectively monitor antisemitic hate crime in the OSCE Region. With its rigorous methodology and innovative partnerships with the British police, it is viewed by many as representing the gold standard for NGO responses to all forms of hate crime. I wish CST all success in its exciting new phase of work.”

Michael Georg Link
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights