This weekend (Saturday 15 July), officers attended the Pinknic event held at Sheffield Peace Gardens, to support the LGBT community and raise awareness of hate crime.
The annual event is Sheffield’s largest city centre LGBT event organised to recognise and celebrate the city’s LGBT community. Throughout the day, there were performances from local musicians, charity volunteers raising awareness and a host of different community group stalls.
This event forms part of the work done by the volunteer led charity, to bring together different organisations and groups to raise awareness of Sheffield’s LGBT community.
Sheffield hate crime coordinator, Chief Inspector Ian Proffitt, commented on the event. He said: “Events such as the one held on Saturday, is a representation of the work and continued action to develop the city’s LGBT identity.
“In support of this awareness work, officers from across the force work closely with Pinknic and other organisations, to gather feedback, offer reassurance and encourage reporting of hate crimes.”
This action has been taken as nationally it is recognised hate crimes are under-reported and SYP have, and continue to work, to change this.
To encourage reporting of hate crimes and incidents, officers have been raising awareness of the forces ‘Hate Hurts. Report it’ campaign launched at the end of February. The campaign was launched to highlight the very real and hurtful impact hate has on victims and South Yorkshire Polices’ no tolerance approach to hate.
Alongside awareness work, action has also been taken to work closely with partners, such as Pinknic, to provide our support at local events and gather feedback on how officers can better respond to hate crimes.
Chief Inspector Ian Proffitt continued: “Having the opportunity to gather feedback enables us to build stronger partner agency relationships, provides different community groups with a voice and encourages reporting. Our main goal is to prevent hate and we will work wherever possible to achieve this.
“We are proud to have been able to work with LGBT Sheffield in support of their event and I hope it was one enjoyed by all.”
To find out more about the ‘Hate Hurts. Report it.’ campaign please visit our website: http://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/…/z-crime-ty…/hate-crime. You can also report any hate crimes through either 101, 999 in an emergency, or anonymously through the True Vision website: http://report-it.org.uk/your_police_force