South Yorkshire Police pushed home the message that Hate Hurts to the communities we serve last week as we took part in the national #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek campaign.
School visits, photographs with young footballers, community centre visits and awareness stalls were all part of the move to encourage all hate crime victims to report when they are the victims of an offence so that they can receive the support they need and try to bring perpetrators to justice.
Working alongside partner agencies such as councils, schools, football clubs and charities, the force’s Hate Crime Coordinators led the campaign around the force area to show people that they do not have to live in fear of hate incidents.
The force recognises the ‘nightmare’ faced by victims of such incidents, and is urging all those who have to suffer in such instances to report them so SYP can ‘tackle the problem wherever we find it and support those who live through it’.
We also renewed our pledge to stand up against hate in all its forms, and shared a refreshed campaign video on our social media channels promising to stand with those who report hate crimes to us.
Chief Inspector Andy Berriman, the force’s lead for hate crime offences, said: “It was fantastic to see our teams working with partners and communities to raise awareness of hate crime so widely last week. This is not something we just do once a year, we are committed to tackling hate crime each and every day. There is no place for hate in South Yorkshire, and I would urge anyone who is a victim of hate crime to report it to the police so we can investigate and, if required, refer to our network of specialist support services to help people through what can often be a traumatic experience.”
Some of the highlights from the week of action included:
- Sheffield Wednesday FC dedicating their home match against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 9 October as a hate crime awareness day and promoting the campaign to fans throughout – including in the matchday program.
- Education sessions with SYP’s Hate Crime Coordinators PC Mark Toyne, PC Chris Nicholson, PC Alison Atkinson and PC Jane Wynne in schools across Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.
- Awareness stalls at community sites such as Sheffield’s Winter Gardens and Barnsley Market where people could stop and talk to officers about their concerns and seek help and advice.
- South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan Billings attending community events to speak to people about the campaign and the force’s stance on tackling all hate crime and hate incidents.
- National campaign organisation Stop Hate UK, who are behind #HateCrimeAwarenessWeek spreading the word about their new South Yorkshire helpline service to communities.
- Barnsley Youth Council hosting a workshop spreading awareness of hidden disabilities and the discrimination faced by those who have them.
There are many ways victims of hate crime can report to SYP. You can call 101, or in an emergency call 999. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired you can textphone 18001 101 or SMS 07786 220 022. You can also report Hate online using SYP’s crime reporting portal, which is available at smartcontact.southyorkshire.police.uk/
As well as the police, you can report hate to other agencies if you prefer. Please bear in mind this information will be passed on to us to enable us to investigate. There are also many third party reporting centres that operate across the region, and lists of those based in your area can be found at www.southyorkshire.police.uk/find-out/crime-prevention-advice/hate-crime/
SYP reminds all people of South Yorkshire that Hate Hurts, and together we can stop it in its tracks.
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