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Hertfordshire Constabulary offer hate crime advice as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week
Victims and witnesses of hate crimes are being encouraged to report incidents to the police without fear, as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week which is taking place this week.
Hate Crime Awareness Week is a national awareness event which was launched which aims to tackle hate crime issues by raising awareness of what hate crime is, how to respond to it and encourage reporting.
Hertfordshire Constabulary, supported by police and crime commissioner David Lloyd, are taking the opportunity to raise awareness of hate crime, remind people of the alternative avenues to report the offence and encourage victims and witnesses to contact police.
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, said: "It is vital that victims report hate crimes to the police or a third party organisation. Through my plans to provide enhanced customer care to members of the public, I am determined to ensure victims will always be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity."
A hate crime is an offence that is motivated by prejudice or hostility to a person’s disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Victims of hate crime may experience anything from assault, people swearing or making abusive remarks, spitting or insulting gestures and people doing things that frighten, intimidate or cause distress, to bullying at school, college or at work, having property stolen, criminal damage or disputes with neighbours.
Hertfordshire Constabulary has a team of dedicated hate crime officers who have been specially trained to deal with this form of crime.
They offer victims help advice and support victims throughout the judicial process if the case goes to court.
The force’s hate crime officers can be contacted via the force non-emergency number 101. In an emergency always dial 999.
For further information about hate crime, please visit www.herts.police.uk.
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