Dorset Police Supports Hate Crime Awareness Week
Dorset Police is supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week as part of the Force’s dedication to tackling these crimes.
The national Hate Crime Awareness Week runs from Saturday 10 – Saturday 17 October 2015.
What is hate crime? Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s protected characteristic or perceived characteristic of age, disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
The Force Strategic People, Confidence and Equality Manager, Karen Duke-Glover, said: “It is so important that the impact of hate crime is not underestimated, it ruins lives and can have a detrimental effect on the victims and their communities. Nobody should have to live with the fear and anxiety that hate crimes and incidents cause.
“We are working hard to raise awareness of local hate crime issues and eliminate it in all its forms. Currently we are developing a hate crime performance report with our Prejudice Free Partners to ensure we are tackling hate crimes within our communities effectively.”
Last year the Force partnered with Borough of Poole and Bournemouth Borough Council to launch an innovative app for smart phones to help victims of hate crime have the confidence to report and access support services.
The app aims to help the most vulnerable members of society understand how to deal with the traumatic effect of such crimes and report incidents in the privacy of their own environment. It can be downloaded via Google or ITunes.
The Force’s Hate Crime Lead, Superintendent Michael Rogers also comments: “Tackling hate crime is a priority for the Force and we are working with our partners to stamp it out.
“Hate crime is known to be widely under-reported and we want to encourage victims to come forward in confidence either directly to us or to the supporting agencies we work with.
“We are pleased to see that hate crime reporting rates have improved in the last 12 months, suggesting that there is a rise in people having the confidence to report such incidents to the police. It is important to stress that we encourage reporting, prioritise our investigations and work to ensure we have excellent victim care.”
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Martyn Underhill said: “We have zero tolerance towards hate crime in Dorset and I will always encourage any victim to speak out.
“I am pleased to see an increase in the reporting of hate crimes but we know that many hate crimes are still going unreported. We need everyone working within the criminal justice system to take hate crime seriously to ensure that everyone can access the help and support they need, for example through the hate crime app which allows individuals to report in the privacy of their own homes.
“I am committed to reducing hate crime and for example have recently co-commissioned with Wiltshire PCC, a LGBT caseworker operating across both counties, who provides specialist support for victims of LGBT hate crime.”
Dorset Police can be contacted on 101 or in an emergency always dial 999.
For further support and information:
Access Dorset 01202 771336 www.accessdorset.org.uk
Dorset Race Equality Council 01202 392954 www.dorsetrec.org.uk
Intercom Trust 0800 612 3010 www.intercomtrust.org.uk
Victim Support 01202 606200
Download the Hate Crime2 App
Issued: 9 October 2015