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Crewe Police back hate crime awareness week
9:41am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
CREWE Neighbourhood Policing Unit are supporting National Hate Crime Awareness week as part of their ongoing prevention of this type of crime.
The week, taking place from October 12 to 19, aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding hate crime, encouraging people to report crimes or incidents of concern and to re-iterate the message that it will not be tolerated.
Sergeant Dave Levins, who is the dedicated point of contact for hate crime matters in the Crewe area, said: “Our teams work in conjunction with partner agencies and support groups to assess ways in which we can help make sure people in Crewe do not become a victim of hate crime.
“We will continue to develop new ways of working to identify any hostile individuals who target minority groups or communities, and ensure any victims get all the support they need to live a good life.
“For example, we have gone to significant lengths to involve ourselves within the Polish communities of Crewe to achieve a greater understanding of issues that affect them and provide them with viable ways of informing us when crimes are committed that would have otherwise gone unreported.
“We hold surgeries in St Mary’s Church and drop-in opportunities in local Polish shops. By doing this we can identify problems early to intervene before crime and/or harassment escalates.
“Figures show that reports of hate crime have increased – this is because we encouraging reporting of this type of crime, and providing methods of reporting by various means, including third party reporting centres, is our priority.
“We continue to work with crime data to assess our organisational approach of identifying and investigating all types of hate crime and prosecuting those who prey on the perceived vulnerabilities of others.”
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