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New Herts Hate Crime Strategy
A new Hertfordshire Hate Crime Strategy, commissioned by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be launched to frontline professionals at a conference on Friday, October 20th.
 
It is one of the many events that are happening across Hertfordshire to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
 
Led by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Constabulary and the County Council, the strategy aims to improve prevention, resolution and the support of hate crime victims.
 
Some 1,208 hate crimes were reported to police in Hertfordshire between April and October this year. This represents an increase of 97 from the same period last year – almost nine per cent.
 
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender identity.
 
Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “Hate crime will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire. My Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan is called ‘Everybody’s Business’, so we are all responsible for challenging this appalling behaviour.
 
“An improved response to hate crime incidents through a co-ordinated and a multi-agency approach will improve the victim’s experience and give them more confidence in the system.”
 
Hertfordshire Constabulary will be sharing hate crime related messages on social media, on behalf of the County Community Safety Unit. The CCSU is a joint police and Hertfordshire County Council unit which leads on tackling hate crime in the county.
 
Detective Superintendent Dean Patient, the Constabulary’s strategic lead for tackling hate crime, said: “Despite the increase in reporting, hate crime is widely believed to be under-reported. I would encourage people not to tolerate these crimes but report them so they can be investigated and victims can receive relevant support.
 
“Remember being different is not a crime, being victimised because of it is. Our message is: Don’t ignore it – report it.”
 
The Constabulary’s specialist Hate Crime Officers will be setting up stands and events around the county to talk to the public about hate crime.

You can find out more about the awareness week by searching for the hashtag #NHCAW or #NHCAW2017 on social media.You can report a hate crime directly to police by calling 101 or if it is an emergency, dialling 999.
 
If you would prefer not to go directly to police you can report incidents via a third party reporting centre that will take details of the incident and pass them onto police.
 
A list of third party reporting centres in Hertfordshire can be found at www.herts.police.uk/hatecrime. Or you can report online at the national anti-hate crime website True Vision www.report-it.org.uk.