(L-R): Martin Ellis (Remedi), Alicia Green (volunteer with Remedi), Jack Foster, Paula Painter (OPCC Staff), Hardyal Dhindsa (PCC), PC Amanda Burden (Shirebrook SNT) and PCSO Stephen Cathcart (Staveley SNT)
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa yesterday (26 June) encouraged students to stand together against hate as he unveiled a new countywide survey.
The Commissioner visited Shirebrook Academy to talk to pupils about hate crime and raise awareness of the help available to support victims and deliver justice.
Mr Dhindsa has pledged to make it easier for survivors of hate crime to report their experiences to police and has launched a new survey to gather feedback from victims who have suffered firsthand as a result of hate.
“Hate crime remains an under-reported offence and we need to address the reasons why people choose not to report it as a matter of urgency,” he said.
“We must build confidence and faith in the reporting system so that victims trust police and partners to deal with the issue effectively. Equally, we need to do everything we can to ensure victims receive the right help and support to recover.
“Hate crime is not an insignificant matter and no victim of hate crime should ever feel insignificant. This is a serious issue that has major repercussions for communities, towns, cities, and nations. The emotional and psychological damage of being abused – verbally or physically – for being different can last a lifetime.
“We need to instill values of tolerance, acceptance and understanding right at the very bottom and this means working proactively in our schools and colleges as well as our professional workplaces to foster positive attitudes which celebrate difference and reject segregation.”
Mr Dhindsa said the hate crime survey would help him to assess the true scale of the problem to improve services in the future. It will also review any barriers that currently exist to prevent reporting to encourage more victims to come forward and will identify any gaps in support to help him make commissioning decisions.
The survey asks respondents whether they have been a victim of hate crime in the past and the type of incident they were involved in.
It also asks whether they reported their experiences to police or any other agency and whether the service they received helped them.
A hate incident is described as an incident which may or may not be a criminal offence but which the victim thinks is motivated by prejudice or hate. This could be based on age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, alternate culture or transgender identity.
The survey can be completed here
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Posted on Thursday 29th June 2017