A coalition government and multi-agency campaign to tackle hate crime is launched today with the key message to 'challenge it, report it, stop it'.
Equalities Minister Featherstone unveiled the plan during a hate crime conference organised by the association of chief police officers (ACPO) in Birmingham.
The plan sets out the government’s role in supporting local areas to tackle the hatred that divides communities and ruins the lives of victims, often with tragic consequences. It also highlights a drive to encourage more victims to come forward and report incidents, which will provide the government and agencies with a clearer understanding of the problem so that further support can be targeted where it is most needed.
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The plan outlines a cross-government approach to tackling hate crime focusing on three key themes:
preventing hate crime by changing the attitudes of those that commit it, and early intervention to prevent it getting worse;
increasing reporting and access to support so victims feel more confident to come forward;
improving the response to hate crime by better identifying and managing cases, and dealing effectively with offenders.ACPO lead for hate crime, assistant chief constable Drew Harris, comments:
‘Hate crime causes a great deal of harm and fear among victims and communities and it has no place in a modern society. The UK is among world leaders in the way that it responds to hate crime, but there is still much work to do.
‘One of our greatest challenges is to reduce the under-reporting of hate crime and this action plan builds on the work achieved to increase the confidence of victims and witnesses to come forward.’
Race equalities minister Andrew Stunell added: ‘A high commitment to tolerance is one of the most respected values in this country. But for too many people these values are not reflected in their daily experience.
‘Hate crime in any form cannot be tolerated and support the police in taking firm action against those who promote prejudice and seek to divide our communities.’
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