Hate Crime Awareness week launch event
Senior figures from the region’s criminal justice system have pledged their continuing commitment to tackling hate crime across the North East, at the launch of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (12-18 Oct).
At a launch event in Darlington Town Hall to mark the week, police, prosecutors and the region’s three Police and Crime Commissioners talked about the harm that hate crime can cause, both to individuals and to society as a whole.
The term ‘hate crime’ refers to any crime against a person which is perceived to be motivated by a person’s hostility or prejudice against certain characteristics; race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Introducing the event was Jan Lamping, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East. She said: “Safety and security and the right to live free from fear and harassment are fundamental human rights. Criminal offences that are driven by hostility or hatred based on personal characteristics undermine the very principles of fairness and equality upon which our society is built. Such crimes are based on ignorance, prejudice, discrimination and hate, and those values have no place in an open and democratic society.
“Every person here today is committed to supporting those affected by hate crime; whether it is on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
“We would encourage anyone who thinks they may have been a victim of hate crime to take that vital first step and report it to the police.”
At the event, each of the Police and Crime Commissioners talked about the ways in which criminal justice partners are tackling hate crime.
Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said: “Hate Crime is a key area of focus in my Police and Crime Plan.
"The planned initiatives and activities carried out this week demonstrate my desired aim to enhance partnership working, increase awareness and confidence and ultimately give victims the channel to report the crime and get the support they need.
"It will also send a clear message to perpetrators that Hate Crime will not be tolerated."
Throughout the week there will be a focus on a different strand of diversity each day – Disability (Monday), Religion (Tuesday), Sexual Orientation (Wednesday), Race (Thursday) and Transgender (Friday).
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Click here to see how PCC Ron Hogg is working to tackle Hate Crime.
Posted on Monday 12th October 2015