A message from Philip Seccombe, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner about hate crime. You can find out more about the Police and Crime Commissioner on the OPCC website www.warwickshire-pcc.gov.uk
|Much has been written nationally about the reaction of a small minority of people to the EU referendum, with some disturbing reports of racially-aggravated incidents targeted at ethnic minorities around the country. This week the Prime Minister announced that additional measures will be put in place to “drive appalling hate crimes out of Britain”.
Speaking on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said that a new action plan on tackling hate crime will be published shortly, which will include new guidance to CPS prosecutors on racially aggravated crime, a new fund for protective security measures at potentially vulnerable institutions and additional funding for community organisations so they can tackle hate crime.
This is welcome and shows the determination being shown on all sides to get the message out that hate crime is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in any way, whatever the misguided motivation for it may be. We are fortunate in Warwickshire to have communities which are in the vast majority of cases tolerant and respectful of each other and to date we have not experienced the kinds of upturns in reported incidents of racially-aggravated crime here which have been seen elsewhere across the region and the country.
Police already have strong powers to deal with racially-aggravated incidents and the courts treat the hate aspect of these crimes as an aggravating factor, allowing judges the ability to apply more severe sentences for those found guilty.
I am reassured that that Warwickshire Police will deal quickly and robustly with anyone responsible for such incidents. Each incident of hate crime reported to the force is thoroughly investigated and offenders should be in no doubt that there will be consequences for their actions.
I would urge anyone who feels as though they have been a victim of hate crime or has witnessed an incident taking place to come forward and report it so that action can be taken.
You can report a hate crime in confidence in any of the following ways:
- In an emergency call 999
- For non-emergencies call 101
- Report online at www.report-it.org.uk
- Call in at a police station or stop police officers in the street
- Call the Victim Support national number – 0808 168 9111. You do not need to provide your name when reporting to Victim Support.
You can always get in touch with the PCC at firstname.lastname@example.org