Consultation on hate crime

Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Mark Burns-Williamson.
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The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, has launched a consultation to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week.

Mark Burns-Williamson has pledged to do all he can to tackle hate crime - and he has asked people to get involved and share their views.

He said: “I want to send out a clear message that hate crime is not acceptable in any form and I will be continuing to work closely with criminal justice partners to ensure hate crime is dealt with appropriately and sentencing is effective.

“Community education and early intervention is also key and I will listen carefully to what communities and partners have to say to ensure we have a high quality, consistent and responsive level of service across West Yorkshire.”

The police class a hate crime as a criminal offence which is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon the victim’s disability, race, religion, belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.

It can take many forms including physical attacks, damage to property, offensive literature, threats, intimidation, bullying and harassment.

West Yorkshire Police, Chief Constable, Mark Gilmore said: “I am very keen to continue to work closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner and other partners to ensure that we improve feelings of safety and reduce the prevalence of hate crimes across our county. I would strongly encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident to come forward and report it.

“You can have confidence that we will deal with these cases sensitively and appropriately.”

To report a hate crime call 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or log on to www.report-it.org.uk

To take part in the consultation e-mail consultation@westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk or log on to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us/hate-crime-hate-incidents