The Home Affairs Ministry presented, on the 15th December 2014, the first protocol for police action to identify and prosecute hate crime. This protocol is for internal use and has not been made public. The aim of the protocol is to improve hate crimes recording in Spain, as well as ensure that victims feel safe and can report these incidents.
According to the Ministry, the protocol will provide Police with procedures and tools for identification of such crimes, and directions on how police agents will have to provide comprehensive protection for the victims and their relatives. In this line, the police will have to take into account the damage caused to the victim, the risk of re-offending as well as personal circumstances (national or ethnical origin, gender, age etc.) to determine their special protection needs. In the case of especially vulnerable people, authorities will need to take the necessary measures to avoid greater harm.
On the other hand, the protocol indicates that Law Enforcement agents must present in their records, and establishes that police agents will need to contact “directly” the special prosecutor for these incidents. Furthermore, the protocol emphasizes the attacks and insults that may occur through the use of new information technologies, generally consistent in spreading xenophobic, homophobic, racist and intolerant messages.