Commissioner backs continued fight against hate crime
Police are continuing to crackdown on hate crime in the region.
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has backed the force’s hate awareness training as it continues throughout the area.
The initiative is a direct response to concerns of under-reporting and is designed to highlight that hate crime is totally unacceptable.
The nationally acclaimed hate awareness packages explore the impact of hate on victims and the wider community, the barriers to reporting and the best ways to seek help.
At the end of the training session is an appeal for volunteers to take their commitment a step further and become hate crime champions.
Miss McGuinness said: “We all need to do everything we can to tackle hate. Wherever you were born, whoever you worship, whoever you love – we all belong In Northumbria.
“I am proud to be Police and Crime Commissioner of such a welcoming region but there are always people who spoil things, who incite hatred and that’s completely unacceptable.”
She added: “I want victims to feel listened to, and to know that there are people around them who have got their back, who will call out hateful behaviours and help people get the right support to overcome their experience.
“It’s especially important that we try and reach out to those who are perhaps uncomfortable contacting the police.
“Our champions are there to make getting help easier – it’s such an important role and I’m thankful to everyone who takes it on. I want there to be hate crime champions everywhere.”
Superintendent Karl Wilson, Northumbria Police’s lead for hate crime, said: “It is absolutely unacceptable to abuse someone because of who they are and we will continue to stand together to stop this sort of prejudice.
“I’m extremely proud of the work our officers and Community Engagement Team have done developing this package as well as the ongoing progress of the hate crime champions and their impact on victims and communities.
“Our champions are a vital part of the work we do to tackle hate crime, they offer guidance to those in need and ensure victims receive specialist support.”
Any individuals, groups or businesses interested in becoming a ‘Hate Crime Champion’ can contact [email protected]