Hate Crime Reporting
Hate Crime Leaflets
On IDAHOBIT Day (17 May 2013) HRRA launched our Hate Crime leaflets. An electronic version of this is here – hate crime leaflet 2013.
Hate Crime Reporting Service
A Hate Crime Reporting Service has been in existence for a number of years but clear indications identify that LGBT related crime is significantly unreported. According to Stonewall, 70% of people who have suffered from Gay Hate Crime, fail to report the incidents, and a third do not think that Police Officers will treat them seriously.
Locally, these statistics are borne out and the indications are that LGBT Hate Crime is rarely reported.
HRRA is involved in a County wide and a local Hastings Borough Steering group to oversee the development of a service that will enable the local communities to combat this unacceptable behaviour.
The issues that are raised at these meetings are concerned about the under reporting and looking at effective ways to enable local people to report this heinous crime. Some of these issues are concerned about effective training for staff who are involved with front line access for the public to report this type of crime as well as the importance of developing a culture within the community that is familiar with the related language and how to effectively communicate realities of this crime.
In an abstract from the Police Hate Crime Policy they state that Sussex Police are “committed to providing every member of the community with the highest possible standard of service paying particular attention to the needs of the individual and avoiding making assumptions regarding gender, age, ethnic origin, faith, religion, disability or sexual orientation. The policy document details the responsibilities in relation to the identification and investigation of Hate Crime incidents.”
Lets make sure that they fulfil this commitment.
What is Hate Crime?
Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate. This can be because of a person’s:
– sexual orientation
– gender identity
– race or ethnicity
– religion or belief
Hate Crime: Stamp It Out
Hastings Borough Council, together with its partners across East Sussex, including Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council are working together to stamp out hate crime once and for all. Hastings is the only place in East Sussex that has its own Hate Crime Service: The Council has allocated £25,000 for this provision which is operated by Hastings Voluntary Action. It aims to highlight the importance of recognising and reporting hate crimes.
Why is it important to report hate crimes?
Reporting hate crimes, whether as a witness or a victim, helps make our town a safer, better place. We work with the organisations that have power and influence to deal with incidents of hate crime but in order to do this we need to know about them.
How does the process work?
An initial assessment will be made on how best to deal with each case, with the most suitable organisations being identified. Those people who are most affected or who may be vulnerable as a result of hate crime will also be supported by a new service ‘Safe From Harm’ run by Southdown Housing Association.
How to report a hate crime
To report a hate crime contact Sussex police on 101 or online: www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force
Alternatively, you can talk to: Hastings Voluntary Action on 01424 444010 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org , Hastings & Rother Rainbow Alliance for sexuality or gender identity related incidents: 07593 444677 or email: email@example.com or Safe From Harm: 01424 858343 / 07825409552
In an emergency always dial 999
Hate Crime – Don’t Support It – Report It
True Vision Website Link for Hate Crime Reporting of Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crimes- http://report-it.org.uk/homophobic_and_transphobic_hate_crime
From our 2011 AGM Report:
James Scott – Rother Police Inspector – James spoke regarding how Rother Police are building links with the local LGB & T community and urged LGBT people to report crimes. He reiterated the point that he had made in our Newsletter No 4 that PS Warren Downs was specifically appointed the LGBT point of contact for Rother and he could be contacted if anyone was unsure of contacting their local officers.
LGBT point of contact for Rother District:
PS Sarah Porter – firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 101 ext 564243 or mobile 07787 685717
LGBT point of contact for Hastings District:
PC Chris Varrall Cv251 – Christopher.Varrall@sussex.pnn.police.uk or telephone 07717 346214
Extract from Newsletter September 2011:
James Scott, Rother NTP Inspector tells us of initiatives within the police force to meet the needs of LGBT people.
“I have been with Sussex police since 1998, and I have held my current post of the Neighbourhood Inspector for Rother District for the last 2 years. I have three teams working for me based in the three main towns in the area, being Bexhill, Battle and Rye and these are made up of a Sergeant, Police Constables and Police Community Support Officers. I would like to think that you would know who your local PCSO is and that you would stop and have a chat with them if you were to see them out in your villages. One of the key principles of Neighbourhood Policing is for every area to have a named officer, and for them to spend as much of their time as possible being visible in that area.
The idea is that they build up the trust of the community to enable people to report issues, crimes or pass intelligence knowing full well that this will be handled in confidence and dealt with effectively. I see this as being key to your local policing teams working with the LGBT community, and providing you with the means to contact a local officer you know you can trust. As well as this direct link with your local teams, Sussex Police have supported the relaunched True Vision site which allows anonymous and third party reporting which may encourage more reporting from the LGBT community. I do hope that this brief article has given you some insight into Neighbourhood Policing on Rother, and also how within the Police force there is a real drive to break down any barriers that exist.”