Transgender Remembrance Walk In Bradford
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Police in Bradford joined members of the local community yesterday (20/11) in a city walk to support the Transgender day of Remembrance.
The annual event pays tribute to those who have lost their lives to murder or suicide throughout the world.
The Transgender flag flew at half mast outside City Hall as people gathered to mark the occasion.
Sergeant Claire Hargreaves and PC Charlotte Jones from West Yorkshire Police’s Hate Crime Team were there.
PC Jones said they work very closely with local groups to raise understanding and awareness:
"We joined a number of people from the transgender community for a walk about of Bradford’s City Centre.
"It was a very positive experience and I think Bradford in particular is a city of diversity which embraces people from every background.
"As the Police, we are always looking to work with different sections of our community to ensure they feel safe in the place they live and work.
"In particular, we do a lot of work in tackling hate crime and raising awareness right across the District.
"We regularly hold Scrutiny Panels in Bradford which allow local people to assess how we have dealt with any hate crime incident.
"There are also a number of Hate Crime Reporting Centres throughout the area which provides people the opportunity to report any offences.
"We will not tolerate nor accept hate crime in Bradford and I think events such as this reinforce and support an acceptance of all."
Bradford based Transgender Group SafeT have been working with the police to encourage the reporting of hate crime.
A spokesperson for the group said:
"It is reassuring to see that West Yorkshire Police are taking this issue seriously and actually taking steps to encourage the transgender community to come forward and report hate crime.
"Thirty four percent of transgender people attempt suicide. It is widely believed that this is due to social pressure, isolation and ignorance.
"Today we have walked through Bradford and were treated the same as everyone else. This is a positive way to mark this important day."
Should anyone want to report a trans-phobic incident or any other hate incident you can contact the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.