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PCC & Derbyshire Youngsters Step Up to Beat Hate

Step u p Beat Hate

Hardyal Dhindsa signs up to tackle hate crime, with members of the local policing team and youth project managers.

A group of young people from across Derbyshire stepped around Markeaton Park today (Fri 31 Aug) as part of a youth project to tackle hate crime.

They were joined by Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and ACC Bill McWilliam at the start of a one mile walk which was followed by a variety of sporting activities in the centre of the park.

The aim was to encourage people to understand more about hate crime and its impact, social and psychological, on victims.  The youngsters, all of whom are under 18, have been working on a youth community project run by Remedi, the organisation commissioned by the PCC to provide victims services and restorative justice in Derbyshire.

Remedi is a registered charity providing Restorative Justice (RJ) and victim services across both youth and adult criminal justice arenas. Throughout the Summer teams have been supporting young people in Derby, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, Sheffield, Nottinghamshire and Manchester, all of whom have been working to tackle hate crime. Today’s event in Derby, held to celebrate the successful conclusion of the project, was accompanied by simultaneous events in each area.

Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa leads nationally on hate crime on behalf of his fellow PCCs.  He said today: “Hate crime can put an intolerable strain on young people and therefore who better than young people to raise awareness of the horrible impact it can have.  Hate comes in so many different forms, but none of it is ever acceptable. 

“If we can live together as part of our communities, embracing difference and welcoming diversity, showing tolerance and kindness we will all enjoy a better quality of life.  These young people impressed me with their determination to contribute towards that goal.  They have worked hard and the results were there to see.  I congratulate them all.”

Sophie O’Reilly, manager of Remedi Derby, added: “We are really proud to be continuing the development of the Step Up Beat Hate campaign which my colleagues in Derbyshire Victim Services developed with partner agencies in 2017. We feel it is important that young people are made aware of the campaign as that helps to raise awareness of the different types of Hate Crime and how people can be affected by it.

“We spent a lot of time helping young people to understand what Hate Crime is and the young people involved in the Step Up Beat Hate project have expressed how useful they have found this and have commented that they wished they had the opportunity to learn about Hate Crime earlier in life. We are so proud of everything they have achieved during this project, they have worked extremely hard throughout the summer to organise this event!”

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Posted on Friday 31st August 2018
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