In the wake of the Finsbury Park terror attack, Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has written to London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan to offer his support, it has been revealed.
Commissioner Dhindsa is the national lead amongst his PCC colleagues for Hate Crime issues. It is in this role that he has offered the Mayor ‘any support that you feel I might be able to bring to raise the issue of hate crimes, particularly if they purport to be some kind of retaliation for other terrorist attacks.’
“We are aware that the type of atrocities seen in London and Manchester can be followed by an upsurge in hate crime directed towards particular communities,” he said today.
“Sadly, the shocking events of recent weeks have shown us all that we are far from conquering the hatred that continues to divide our society.”
Echoing the words of Sadiq Khan, the latest attack, was, he said: “another assault on all our shared values of tolerance, freedom and respect. It appears to be another deliberate attack on innocent people, this time people walking home after prayers at their local mosque.
“However, amidst the tragedy and devastation we’ve also seen communities at their very best – united and connected.
“This weekend, we saw people from every corner of the community coming together in memory of the inspirational Jo Cox, who was so committed to a more inclusive, accepting community. It brought people together from all backgrounds, cultures and faiths in a show of solidarity and strength.
“This has to be the way forward. This is the only way we will defeat hatred and find peace and tolerance for generations to come.”
Mr Dhindsa is writing to faith leaders to reassure them that the police and security services are working tirelessly to keep communities safe. He intends to host a meeting of faith leaders in the near future to discuss what else can be done to secure more inclusive and accepting streets and neighbourhoods.
He said today: “Hate Crime, however that manifests itself, will not be tolerated here in Derbyshire and we ask that people report such incidents. I can assure victims that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.
“In addition, I am currently working with community groups to offer reassurance and to encourage people to report hate incidents to the police so that we are able to find those responsible and send a clear message that this kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.”
Here are some useful numbers:
- In an emergency situation call 999
- In a non-emergency call 101
- Counter Terrorism Hotline 0800 789 321
- StopHate helpline 0800 138 1625
Concluding, the Commissioner said: “Today, our thoughts are with the family and friends of the gentleman who died and those who were injured in Finsbury Park.
“It is truly appalling that once again the emergency services have been put to such a test, particularly given recent events. I think as a nation we are united in our admiration and gratitude for their courage and dedication.”
“The indomitable resilience of united communities illustrates that hatred has no place to call home in this country.”
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Posted on Tuesday 20th June 2017