Posted on 11 May 2016
Cheshire Constabulary is supporting the ‘We Stand Together’ campaign launched this week to raise public awareness about the benefits of community cohesion and aims to highlight what different people have in common rather than their differences.
Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick said “The campaign will use social media, under the hashtag #WeStandTogther, toencourage people to unite and make a positive contribution to community life in their area. Officers and staff work alongside a whole range of community groups including those that represent diverse communities to raise awareness of how to report hate crime.”
The Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire added “In Cheshire we are keen to encourage interaction between everyone who lives in our communities. Working together promotes understanding of different cultures and, understanding promotes community cohesion.”
Officers and PCSOs work with communities to explain what constitutes a hate crime, how it can be reported and what support a victim can expect to receive if they report a hate crime. This encourages people to feel confident that the police will take their crime seriously.
Cheshire has an established network of hate crime reporting centres based in community locations across the county. The feedback from victims of hate suggest this approach of having reporting centres based locally in areas that are accessible by diverse communities makes reporting of hate easier for victims.
The Constabulary also promotes reporting through True Vision via their website www.report-it.org.uk which provides information for victims and members of the public. It is important that people understand what hate crime is and why it is important to report it when it happens. There is a range of ways hate crime can be reported, including via an online reporting form. The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.
The We Stand Together campaign offers opportunities for communities across the county to get involved and demonstrate their commitment to tacking hate crime.
Last updated 11st May 2016