Posted on 13th October 2017
Officers are working with victims of hate crime to raise awareness and increase reporting as part of a national week of activity.
Hate Crime Awareness Week runs between October 14 and 21, giving organisations the opportunity to increase people’s knowledge of what constitutes an offence and how they can report it.
Derbyshire police recognises, records and monitors hate crime. Hate crime is defined as any incident which constitutes a criminal offence, perceived by the victim or another person as being motivated by prejudice, hate or intolerance on the grounds of disability, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or alternative sub-culture.
Between April 1 2016 and March 31 2017, the force recorded 635 hate crimes. Of these, 466 were racial, 33 were religious, 66 concerned the victim’s sexual orientation, 40 were related to disability and ten were against transgender members of the community.
Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam said: “Crimes based on hatred must never be tolerated and Derbyshire Constabulary, together with partner agencies and communities, will do everything we can to tackle all forms of hate crime, whether it is related to someone’s race, religion, sexuality, disability or how they dress.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa said: “Hate crime has a devastating impact on its victims, restricting freedom, eroding confidence and producing fear and anxiety. These feelings can take a long time to get over – perhaps a lifetime.
“As a victim of hate crime myself and Britain’s first and only BME commissioner, I want to make Derbyshire a place where acceptance, tolerance and respect prevail. I want to make sure our services help repair the emotional damage inflicted by hate and encourage future survivors to seek help straight away.
“Hate crime is a hidden problem. The cases we investigate today are just the tip of the iceberg. Together I believe we can help to stamp out the prejudice and bigotry that blights too many lives. I urge people to come forward and report any instance of hate crime so that we can gauge the full extent of the problem and invest appropriate resources.”
Officers and staff across the county are organising events to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it.
Safer Neighbourhood teams in Swadlincote, Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Newbold, Staveley, Somercotes, Clowne, Alfreton, South Normanton and Buxton are all hosting stalls to talk to residents about hate crime.
Follow the teams on Twitter or visit the homepage of our website for more information about these events.
Follow @NormantonSNT on Twitter throughout the week to watch videos they have produced with hate crime victims and support charities.
Officers in Chaddesden are visiting Da Vinci Academy with several victims of hate crime on Monday, October 16, to talk to pupils about the issue while on Friday, October 20, the force is supporting national Show Racism the Red Card day.