In a week that highlights a growing partnership approach to tackling hate crime in all its forms, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has spoken out against the targeting of people just because they belong to a minority group.
Commissioner Dhindsa joined with Derby Homes and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation to host three days of Derby and Derbyshire Tackling Hate Crime Together events. He said: “I feel very strongly about the need to eradicate any sort of hate crime and I believe these events will do a lot to raise the profile of our growing partnership work across the city and county.
“Hate crime is often a hidden crime, in fact sometimes, sadly, people simply don’t realise that they are being subjected to a criminal offence. Let me be quite clear. There is no place in our society for intolerance of difference and those who seek to victimise people on that basis should appreciate that the police and criminal justice partners will take action.”
With three days of expert views and victim experiences along with a focus on the police and council responses to hate crime this series of events follows on from the Hate Crime Summit hosted by the then Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles in October 2015.
This week also highlighted the work of Sylvia Lancaster who has campaigned tirelessly to include subculture hate crime among police force categories. She introduced both private and public screenings of ‘Black Roses: The killing of Sophie Lancaster’, and took questions from the audiences. She began her campaign to extend the hate crime categories after her daughter Sophie died in 2007 following an attack by a gang of youths in a Lancashire park.
An array of events saw Sylvia Lancaster leading a training session at the Council House for 15 lead practitioners in Safeguarding from Derby City’s Secondary Schools. Representatives from Enthusiasm, Mash Up and Derbyshire County Cricket also joined the group.
A Mayoral reception was held at the Council House for the Hate Crime Practitioner Network while a fundraising gig and social event for the Sophie Lancaster Foundations followed at the Hairy Dog in Derby.
Wednesday saw a screening of Black Roses at Landau Forte preceding a question and answer session with Sylvia Lancaster, Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa, Cllr Asaf Afzal, Cllr Sarah Russell and Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam.
The final event was held at Derby Quad on Thursday, 16 June, involving keynote speakers including Commissioner Dhindsa, Chief Constable Mick Creedon, Derby University’s policing and justice expert Professor Kevin Brampton, leading Derby and Derbyshire councillors and Sylvia Lancaster. The afternoon featured discussions and networking among key decision makers, practitioners, community and voluntary sector leads, and victims.
Black Roses was shown during the afternoon event before a free public showing at Derby Quad in the evening.
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Posted on Thursday 16th June 2016