Officers in Ellesmere Port have been working tirelessly to encourage victims of hate crime to come forward and report it to police.
During national Hate Crime Awareness Week, Sergeant Stuart Mellody developed a patrol plan, which meant that local officers and Police Community Support Officers visit those vulnerable to hate crime in their community.
Chief Inspector Giles Orton, from Ellesmere Port Local Policing Unit said,
“These targeted patrols have brought our officers and vulnerable members of society closer together, building positive relationships and ultimately giving people the confidence to report crimes to us.
“There has been an increase in the number of hate crimes reported to us, with eight incidents being reported to us in the last fortnight. I hope these reports continue and the relationships we’re building as a result of these patrols help us to tackle hate crime in Ellesmere Port. I want to reassure our local communities that we’re here to support them, when and where they need us.”
Sergeant Stuart Mellody said,
“This initiative has already reaped some positive benefits. They’ve enabled us to identify a number of residents at risk of hate crime, in our communities and provide them with the appropriate support from ourselves and partners.”
Cheshire Constabulary is continuing to raise awareness and encourage reporting of hate crime. Over the coming weeks the Constabulary will specifically be focusing on disability hate crime, given it is under reported nationally.
More information about hate crime can be found on the Cheshire Police website.