Cumbria’s emergency and health services have been working together to support Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Running from October 8 – 14 Hate Crime Awareness Week shines a light on an often unreported issue, as hate crimes cover a wide variety of characteristics from race or ethnicity, disability, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
T/Detective Superintendent Matt Scott, Strategic lead for hate crime said: “We know that hate crime within Cumbria often goes unreported.
“We are reaching out to our communities and the many people that visit Cumbria to report incidents to us so we can investigate, bring offenders to justice and signpost victims to the appropriate support.
“We understand reporting incidents can be daunting and there are alternative options to reporting to the police.
“I can assure the public we take these offences extremely seriously and continually assess our hate crime policies and procedures to improve our response.
“If you have been a victim of a hate crime whether its towards, your disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity, please get in touch so we can investigate and provide you with support. Your report could stop others facing the same prejudice.”
Partners from Cumbria Fire and Rescue service, North West Ambulance Service, Civil Nuclear Constabulary and North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust are joining Cumbria Constabulary to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting.
Cumbria Constabulary have also reached out to local employers and Carlisle United to amplify the message with their employees.
Also, throughout the week which started on October 8 the constabulary’s neighbourhood policing teams have been attending schools to conduct education talks and been out in our community’s raising awareness.
What is a hate crime?
As mentioned earlier hate crime covers a wide variety of characteristics from disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, to gender identity.
What makes it a crime is when you are targeted for one of these characteristic or perceived characteristic, it can also be more than one that results in the following but not limited to behaviours:
- Verbal Abuse
- Damage to Property
- Threatening Behaviour
- Online Abuse
How to report a crime
You can report a crime in several ways:
- If it’s an emergency and the crime is taking place, call 999 and ask for the police.
- In an non-emergency, you can report online – Report a Hate Crime – Cumbria Constabulary – or speak to an officer via 101.
- You can go to your local police station.
- You can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.
- If you’ve experienced hate crime, you can also report the incident online through True Vision
- Home – Victim Support
- If you want to speak to someone now, call our free 24/7 Supportline – 08 08 16 89 111 or start a live chat. In an emergency always call 999.
- CST – Protecting Our Jewish Community
- 0800 032 3263
- Remedi (remediuk.org)
- 0114 2536669
Stop Hate UK