Hate crime awareness week

16 Jun 2015

Members of the police, local community and voluntary groups joined council staff for a hate crime seminar today, as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week. Attendees had a chance to learn more about different types of hate crime and how they affect individuals and groups, including disability and transphobic, while also learning the difference between hate crime and anti-social behaviour.

As part of the seminar Cllr Richard Henry, who stepped in for Cllr Sherma Batson the Executive Member for Safer Communities and Equalities, announced that staff in the council’s Customer Service Centre had been specially trained by Hertfordshire Police to report hate crime. And from Monday 22 June any resident who thinks they’ve been a victim of hate crime can now come to the Customer Service Centre to report it if they don’t want to go to the Police Station.

Speaking at the seminar Cllr Richard Henry said, “Seminars like these are so important. They’re a chance to learn and understand what hate crime really means to individuals and groups. We know there are lots of different types of hate crime and that generally it is underreported. There is still work to do but we’re hoping to increase awareness of what constitutes hate crime and increase reporting as people can now report hate crime in our Customer Service Centre.”

For more information on hate crime and how to report it, please visit our website www.stevenage.gov.uk.

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