New third party reporting mechanism for victims of hate crime
The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Anthony Stansfeld, has commissioned a new Thames Valley wide third party reporting mechanism for hate crime.
The new service, which forms part of the PCCs local victims services, has been awarded to Milton Keynes Equality Council who run the Thames Valley Hate Crime Network.
As well as taking third party reports of hate crime, to improve knowledge of this type of crime, this service can support the caller to make a formal report to Thames Valley Police. The Hate Crime Network will also work to identify and reduce barriers to reporting and offer appropriate advice and information to those victims requiring further emotional support.
The contract, which has been awarded for three years, has now begun and hate crime can be reported by calling 01908 606828.
If the victim is happy for them to do so the service will then forward any reports to the police.
Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for ThamesValley said: “I am pleased to announce my new service for third party reporting of hate crime in the ThamesValley.
“Victims of hate crime may not always be comfortable reporting directly to the police so this service will give them the opportunity to report hate crime through an intermediary and get further support.
“Research in this area suggests that hate crime is under-reported and this service will be working to identify and remove any barriers to reporting hate crime in the ThamesValley and increase the overall rate of reporting.
“I look forward to working closely with the Thames Valley Hate Crime Network.”
Hannah O’Neill, Director of Milton Keynes Equality Council said: “We are delighted to be working with the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner on this project.
“Hate crime is incredibly damaging and it is important that victims get the support and guidance they need. We are honoured to have been tasked with providing this service.”
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Recorded hate crime figures can be found below: