Events in Kirklees for Hate Crime Awareness Week

Wednesday 10 October, 2018

As part of the National Hate Crime Awareness Week, Kirklees District Police has teamed up with partner agencies to raise awareness across the District.

Speakers have been invited to a series of events across Kirklees starting on Monday 15 October at Longcauseway Church in Dewsbury.

They have been invited to share their knowledge and personal experiences of Hate Crime and the impact that it has had in their lives.

The national campaign runs from 13-20 October which aims to tackle hate crime and discrimination as well as encourage reporting and support the individuals and communities it affects.

Police in Kirklees are working alongside Kirklees Council, Safer Kirklees and Kirklees Housing and events are supported by West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Speakers will include the Deputy Mayor for Kirklees, a representative from the Jo Cox Foundation, The Brunswick centre, Head of Communities at Kirklees Council and the Kirklees Involvement Network.

PC Emma Harrison, who is the Hate Crime Co-ordinator in Kirklees, said: “Together with our Partner Agencies, we are committed to tackling and raising awareness about Hate Crime. West Yorkshire Police has specialist Hate Crime Co-ordinators across all of the five Districts to assist investigating officers in identifying and taking positive action against perpetrators, providing after-care support for victims and to increase awareness about hate crime and the ways in which to report it.

“I would urge anyone who has experienced a Hate Crime or Incident to report it in whatever way you feel comfortable. By the police being aware of an Incident or Crime, we can take appropriate action to fully investigate it and potentially prevent the same thing happening again to them or others.

“Anyone with an interest in Hate Crime and Building Community Cohesion in Kirklees is welcome to attend our event on Monday 15th October.”

Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment commented: “The Council takes Hate Crime extremely seriously. By working together with our partners and residents, we aim to tackle the damaging impacts it can cause. Nobody in Kirklees should have to live with anxiety and fear as a result of any form of hate crime. We have a dedicated reporting tool on our website and encourage everyone to report a hate crime so that action can be taken.”

For more information on Hate Crime Awareness Week, please visit: https://www.stophateuk.org/hate-crime-awareness-week or West Yorkshire Police’s ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign, please visit https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/what-hate-crime

Kirklees Council has a dedicated Hate Crime Reporting Tool - http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/crime-and-safety/hate-incident-reporting.aspx

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