Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa will launch an action-packed week of activity on Sunday 15 October to mark a national campaign tackling hate crime.
The Commissioner, who leads nationally on Hate Crime matters on behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), will join MPs and PCCs across the UK at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London promoting a message of hope and togetherness in the face of prejudice as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week (NHCAW).
The event will feature speeches from a host of hate crime campaigners including Mark Healey, founder of the 17-24-30 No To Hate Crime Campaign, which organises NHCAW.
It will also see the symbolic lighting of a candle by a member of murdered MP Jo Cox’s family in memory of her life and those affected by the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge, Manchester and Finsbury Park Mosque attacks.
Mr Dhindsa will be involved in a number of anti-hate events across Derbyshire throughout the week including an awareness day hosted by the Da Vinci Academy in Derby which will see youngsters chatting in small groups to victims of hate crime to learn about their experiences.
The event, organised by PC Mark Atterbury, will be attended by Assistant Chief Constable Bill McWilliam and will involve the input of a Holocaust survivor among other victims of hate crime. Mr Dhindsa will also address the youngsters at the end of the workshop.
On Tuesday 17 October, Mr Dhindsa will spend the day in London with members of the Jewish community while on Friday 20 October he is due to be on the panel for a hate crime “question time” event hosted by the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LBGT) community.
The event, which is being held at The Quad, Derby Market Place, invites members of the public to ask questions of a special panel consisting of the PCC and representatives from Derbyshire police, Crown Prosecution Service and Derby City Council.
It is designed to give local people the opportunity of exploring the different ways agencies can help and support people who experience hate crime based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mr Dhindsa said: “Unfortunately, tolerance is not as universal as we would hope and expect in 2017. Acts of hatred against a variety of perceived differences are still carried out due to ignorance, prejudice and stupidity. That is why I am so pleased to be involved in National Hate Crime Awareness Week once again, helping to shine a light on the terrible impact of judgement, bigotry and hostility on victims of hate crime in Derbyshire.
“There’s a wealth of events taking place locally to support the campaign and I’m grateful to all those organisations which have organised awareness activities to bring hate crime and its devastating consequences out in the open.
“There is a very serious purpose behind NHCAW and that is to empower victims of hate crime to break the chain of suffering and seek justice. Their actions will not only set them on the path to getting help, it will also potentially prevent other victims suffering in the future.”
The week of action will conclude on Saturday 21 October when Mr Dhindsa will attend a Civic Reception for a special screening of The Black Prince.
The event is being hosted by the National Sikh Museum at the Quad Market Place in Derby and will feature a panel of speakers involved in the research of the historic Hollywood film, which details the story of the last Maharaja of the Sikh Kingdom.
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Posted on Friday 13th October 2017