Cheshire Constabulary and David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire are supporting Hate Crime Awareness Week and taking the opportunity to urge people not to suffer in silence.
Throughout the week (8 – 15 October 2016) the constabulary will be out and about in their ‘Hate Crime Prevention’ car offering advice on the help and support available. They will be encouraging anyone suffering from this type of crime to come forward and report it either to police or a third party reporting centre.
Assistant Chief Constable Sarah Boycott said: “We want people to be confident in coming forward if they are a victim of hate crime and be reassured that we will do everything we can in supporting them through the process.
“It’s really encouraging to see that more people are coming forward each year to report this crime. Here in Cheshire, of the 245 reported cases which went to court just over 90 per cent resulted in a successful conviction – which demonstrates our commitment to taking this type of crime seriously.
“Our focus is very much on supporting victims and recognising the affect such a crime has not only for the victim, but for the community as a whole. We want people to feel safe and feel they can go about their business, no matter who they are, without fear of violence or threat. We’re here for you when and where you need us, so please report hate crime and help us to help you.”
David Keane, Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire said: “Hate Crime is completely unacceptable - people should not have to live in fear of persecution and it will not be tolerated in our county. Hate Crime Awareness week, is a great opportunity for us to highlight the issue, raise awareness and do some myth busting on misconceptions around the issue. I want people to have confidence to speak out if they have been subjected to hate crime.
“Hate Crime is under reported and the Constabulary is sure that the crimes reported so far this year are just the tip of the iceberg. This could be for a variety of reasons, but through continuing investment in victim services, such as Cheshire Cares, victims can feel confident that when they report hate crime help and support is available for them should they want it.”
Hate crime is a criminal offence committed against a person, or property that is motivated in whole or in part by the offender’s hostility towards someone based on a personal characteristic. This can include:
Hate crime can be reported to the police using 101, or in an emergency 999. However, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to the police, you can report it online via True Vision (http://www.report-it.org.uk/home) or at a third party community reporting centre( https://www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/hate-crime/)