POLICE have made a new plea to people to report racial and homophobic crime.
People who want to report such incidents can talk to specially trained council staff face-to-face and away from police stations.
Across West Yorkshire there are more than 180 places where people can report these kind of crimes.
They are in community rooms, housing offices and advice centres.
Staff will note the allegation details and forward a copy to the police's Community Safety Department in Wakefield.
The reports are then allocated to local police to investigate, in liaison with other agencies.
One of the recommendations of the Macpherson Report following the murder of London teenager Stephen Lawrence was that police forces acted to encourage the reporting of hate incidents.
West Yorkshire Police's community and race relations officer, Insp Mick Hanks, said: "By working with our partners in the five major councils we are providing greater accessibility for people to report hate incidents.
"We would still encourage the public to come to the police directly, but we do recognise that for various reasons this isn't always possible.
"The most important thing is that is the offence is reported," he added.
Since 2002, there have been more than 700 racial and homophobic incidents recorded away from police stations.
Insp Hanks said: "Although we have seen considerable success with the hate incident reporting centres, it's a fact that homophobic incidents are under- reported.
"We want to make people aware the facilities are there, so they don't have to suffer in silence and they also get access to the help and support they need.
"Any incident reported to us will be thoroughly and vigorously investigated. We hope higher levels of reporting will result in an increase in detections."
There are also dedicated 24-hour hate crime help- lines. They are 0800 138 1625 for racial incidents - offering callers a choice of nine languages - and 0800 138 1628 for homophobic incidents.