This week, Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is joining a campaign called #StopTheHate to raise awareness of hate crime in all its forms.
It is running across the county this week, with many awareness raising events happening in town centres across Essex organised by Victim Support. Victim Support has also co-ordinated a design a poster competition being run in primary schools to help educate young people about hate crime.
Roger Hirst said: “Any crime committed against someone because of their race, religion, race, religion, sex, parental or marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age 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. Protecting vulnerable people 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.”
The PFCC supports various organisations across Essex that help victims of Hate Crime and work to prevent it. We have developed the Essex Hate Crime Prevention Strategy in conjunction with Victim Support and the Safer Essex Partnership and commission an Essex Hate Crime Coordinator to assist with delivering the strategy’s aims and monitoring its success.
The PFCC Community Safety Development Fund also finances the 24-hour Stop Hate helpline service in Essex.
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