Nottinghamshire Police confirms commitment to tackling hate crime
July 13, 2017
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Barber and Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping joined Nottingham Citizens last night (12 July 2017) to reaffirm the force’s commitment to tackling hate crime.
Nottingham Citizens launched their latest research at the Karimia Institute and were joined by more than 100 representatives from organisations such as the University of Nottingham, Victim Care and Nottingham Women’s Centre as well as community members. Nottingham Citizens began by reiterating their aim of making Nottinghamshire ‘No Place For Hate’ before recapping on the previous research, conducted in 2014, reflecting that six out of the seven recommendations put forward had been fulfilled, including the provision of a Hate Crime Officer within Nottinghamshire Police and the implementation of misogyny as a hate crime.
PCC Paddy Tipping, DCC Rachel Barber and Councillor Toby Neal were asked to publicly pledge their support to the research and commit to working alongside Nottingham Citizens to fulfil any recommendations.
PCC Paddy Tipping confirmed the force’s commitment, saying: “Hate crime is a priority for me, it’s a priority for Nottinghamshire Police and we can make a difference.”
DCC Rachel Barber then took to the podium, saying: “We, like everyone else before us, acknowledge that there is some way to go with tackling hate crime. We know that the recorded hate crimes and incidents are just a small part of the reality. Unfortunately, when the police get involved, it’s often when someone has been a victim of hate crime. We want to stop that happening in the first place and end the ignorance that leads to these incidents, which have a huge impact on the individuals.
“I want to make it clear that we stand together and we will do what we can to help tackle this issue. One of the biggest things we can do is start to represent the communities better – we are keen to work with and recruit people from different cultures who can bring their own experiences. Their knowledge and insight can only help us move forward and help people feel more confident to report hate crimes.”
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