Commissioner supports Hate Crime Awareness Week
The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex is joining the national campaign #NO2HATE this week to raise awareness of Hate Crime in all its forms.
“Any crime committed against someone because of their colour, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is totally repugnant and wholly unacceptable in modern society. Essex Police has my full support in thoroughly investigating and pursuing the perpetrators of hate crime to bring them to justice. I encourage all victims of such crimes to report the incident and seek any help they need from one of the various organisations who are able to assist.
“Here in Essex we’re continuing to foster ever greater partnership working to tackle this crime and its repercussions on both the individual concerned and their wider community. This is a key priority for me in my Police and Crime Plan for the county. We must stand together to stamp out hate crime in all its forms and ensure victims feel fully supported.”
Since he was first elected Commissioner, Roger Hirst has supported various organisations in the county which help victims of Hate Crime and work to prevent it. He has also developed the Essex Hate Crime Prevention Strategy in conjunction with Victim Support and the Safer Essex Partnership and commissions an Essex Hate Crime Coordinator to assist with delivering the strategy’s aims and monitoring its success.
His Community Safety Fund finances the 24-hour Stop Hate Line helpline service in Essex, part of a national helpline network set up in direct response to the Macpherson Report, the enquiry into the handling of the death of Stephen Lawrence. The report determined that victims and witnesses should be able to report hate incidents 24 hours a day and to someone other than the police. Essex also benefits from a network of local Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) where victims or witnesses of hate crime can report instances and access information and support.
Education is considered key to preventing hate crime and the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund has also contributed £10,000 this year to a project organised by Tendring District Council to teach school children about diversity. Year 6 pupils have been learning Chinese calligraphy, Bollywood dancing and African singing and drumming as part of the Tendring Junior Warden Project.
The Community Safety fund also supports Show Racism the Red Card, a charity working in schools and other educational establishments to educate young people and adults about the causes and consequences of racism.
For information about how you can report a hate crime and access support, please see the links below:
The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email to [email protected]. Service users with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the link on the website www.stophateuk.org. Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.
A map of local HIRCS across the county can be found at www.essex.police.uk/advice/hate-crime/#hircs
For more information on support available for victims of crime please visit www.essexvictimsgateway.org
For more information on the #NO2HATE campaign, please click here http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/biglinkup