Police and Crime Commissioner and Thames Valley Police support Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016

Thames Valley Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) will once again be showing its support for National Hate Crime Awareness week. (8-15 October 2016)

The Force and the OPCC will use this national focus to help launch the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new public campaign, ‘Let’s Hate, Hate’. This campaign builds upon the OPCC’s work in supporting victims of crime including providing support to hate crime victims. It features 11 individuals from all walks of life who could be either a victim or a witness of hate crime, or both.

Thames Valley Police has long been of the view that current reporting levels do not accurately reflect the experiences of our communities. Following a public consultation in June 2016, Thames Valley Police found that only 1 in 3 of local people who identified themselves as having been a victim of Hate Crime actually went on to report it to Police. Further to that, two thirds of the 1500 people surveyed were either not sure, or didn’t believe that Hate Crime was even an issue in their community.

‘Let’s Hate Hate’ is a continuation of our efforts to raise public awareness of this issue and encourage victims and witnesses not to accept abuse as “normal” or without consequence and to report it.

Local neighbourhood teams will be out throughout the week engaging with groups, communities and members of the public offering advice and information on what constitutes a hate crime and what victims and witnesses can do to seek support.

Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion.

Anthony Stansfeld, Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Hate crime is not something that anyone should tolerate or live with and yet there are still many victims out there who are silently coping with the impact that this crime has on their lives.

“This type of crime has no place in a civilised society and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim or a witness to either report it to the police or contact the Hate Crime Network .

““I hope my new awareness campaign will go some way to help tackle the issue of under reporting and give people the knowledge and confidence needed to come forward and tell us about their experiences”.

Chief Inspector Helen Roberts from the Neighbourhood Policing & Partnerships office said: “Officers and staff work on a daily basis to support those who are vulnerable in our communities. This week and the ongoing ‘Let’s Hate Hate’ campaign will help us drive home the message that hate crime in any form is not acceptable and whether you’re the victim, a witness or have learnt about an incident happening to a friend, you can contact the police in confidence and provide advice and support.”

You can follow the week’s campaign activity on social media by searching #Letshatehate.

You can also find out more about what is happening in your local police area by following your neighbourhood twitter account and signing up to receive Thames Valley Alerts (opens new window).  

Hate crime can be reported by calling Thames Valley Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency or through the Hate Crime Network (opens new window) on 0300 1234 148.

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Notes for editors:

Example campaign materials from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s new awareness campaign are attached.

The Hate Crime Network has been commissioned by Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, to provide a third party reporting mechanism for hate crime. The Police and Crime Commissioner also has a number of other services to support victims of hate crime including a Local Support Service and a Young Victim Service (for under 18s) Further details are available http://www.thamesvalley-pcc.gov.uk/supportingvictims

Interview requests to speak with Chief Inspector Helen Roberts or the Police & Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld, about this work can be sent to pressoffice@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

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