This week police officers from across Thames Valley will be running activities in support of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Officially launched on Saturday (10/10) the next five days will see local neighbourhood teams out engaging with groups, communities and members of the public highlighting the need for greater understanding of what constitutes a hate crime and what victims can do to seek support.
Hate Crime is a crime or incident against you, your friends, your family or your property because of your actual or presumed sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, race or religion.
Incidents of everyday hate crime continue to go unreported and Thames Valley Police are seeking to reassure the public that those who get in contact will be taken seriously, be dealt with sensitively and can be assured of confidentiality. As well as contacting the police on 101, or in an emergency 999, victims or anyone witnessing a hate crime can report it through a recently commissioned third party reporting service provided by the Hate Crime Network on 0300 1234 148 or www.hatecrimenetwork.org.uk (opens new window)
Chief Constable Francis Habgood said of the activity this week, “Officers and staff work on a daily basis to support those who are vulnerable in our communities. This week of focussed action will help us drive home the message that hate crime in any form is not acceptable and we want you to have confidence in coming forward if you have been a victim.
We all stand together to support a positive change in attitude towards discrimination in its negative form.”
A social media campaign following #WeStandTogether will be running throughout the week and members of the public can find out more about what is happening in their area by linking to their neighbourhood twitter accounts.