PCC Hardyal Dhindsa and Chief Constable Peter Goodman "Linking-up" to say #No2Hate
Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa today issued a rallying call to the nation to “stand up and be counted” as part of a powerful anti-hate campaign.
The PCC, who is national lead for hate crime on behalf of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), challenged his fellow PCCs, Chief Constables, justice partners and the general public to publicly condemn the scourge that is hate crime by taking part in a nationwide social media campaign he has called The Big Link-up.
The Big Link-up marks National Hate Crime Awareness Week and sees public figures, organisations and individuals demonstrating their support against hate crime by posting “selfies” or group shots of themselves’ holding a copy of the #NO2HATE sign.
Mr Dhindsa joined PCCs from across the nation in a photo of defiance, shared across social media with the hashtag #NO2HATE.
Mr Dhindsa said: “The whole idea behind this campaign is to show our solidarity and unity in fighting hatred. With the nation’s PCCs coming together as one, we are sending out a powerful message to our communities that those who breed hatred and contempt are the minority and will find no place in our society.
“Every year, National Hate Crime Awareness Week gets bigger and better and reaches a wider audience. It is a fantastic opportunity to show victims of this awful crime how serious we treat their experiences and encourages more people to come forward and get help if they haven’t already done so.
“Equally, it highlights how repugnant society views this crime and leaves perpetrators in no doubt that their actions will be condemned and punished using the full arm of the law.
“I’m grateful for all the support I’ve received for The Big Link-up thus far and appeal to anyone who works with the public, including our youth leaders, volunteers and criminal justice partners as well as residents themselves to join us in this symbolic rejection of hate crime.”
Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place between October 13 and 20 and the PCC is hoping to replicate last year’s resounding success which saw awareness events taking place across the country.
The Commissioner called on PCC colleagues to raise awareness of the five strands of hate crime on themed days with Monday focusing on Race Hate, Tuesday on Sexual Orientation Hate, Wednesday on Religious Hate, Thursday on Disability Hate and Friday on Transgender Hate.
Mr Dhindsa hopes the campaign achieves a strong social media presence throughout the week to increase awareness about hate crime and signpost victims to the right avenues of support.
Full details for the campaign and printable signs for photographs are available at www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/biglinkup.
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Posted on Monday 15th October 2018