PCC Ron Hogg
Police and Crime Commissioner urges victims of Hate Crime to speak out
In the wake of recent press reports regarding a rise in the number of hate crimes, Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham urges victims of hate crime to speak out.
Mr Hogg said:
"It is reassuring to hear that victims are becoming more confident in reporting hate crime, and I urge all victims not to be afraid to come forward and want to assure them that all reports will be dealt with very seriously.
"Reducing the impact of Hate Crime is one of my personal priorities in my Police and Crime Plan and there is ongoing work taking place in County Durham and Darlington to address these matters. My ultimate goal is to reduce the incidence of hate crime and to increase confidence for individuals to report these appalling crimes, instead of suffering in silence.
"The public also needs to be aware that Durham Constabulary will be the next police force to begin recording offences motivated by hatred for members of alternative cultures. I believe that correctly recording such incidents as hate crime will be an important step in combatting prejudice and bigotry against minority groups whatever their nature".
Posted on Friday 18th October 2013