POLICE chiefs have vowed to get tough on hate crime in the borough as part of a nation-wide awareness week (January 20 to 26).
Greater Manchester Police say nearly 3,300 incidents of hate crime were reported in Greater Manchester during a nine-month period last year and a network of reporting centres is being expanded across Manchester at the start of hate crime awareness week.
Chief Insp Stuart Wrudd of GMP’s Wigan Division said: “As part of Hate Crime Awareness Week, the Partnership Team at Wigan, together with the Building Stronger Communities Team at Wigan Council, will be reviewing and updating our hate crime reporting form to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
“This is taking place alongside a review of which premises we establish as third party reporting centres across the borough, and will be followed by the delivery of an up-to-date training package to all staff involved.
“This is to ensure that both police and council services are readily available and easily accessible to anyone experiencing hate crimes or incidents. Throughout the week, Wigan officers will also be raising awareness of hate crime via social media, and distributing other hate crime awareness materials.”
How can hate crime be reported?
Call police on 101
Report via the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk
Visit one of your local hate crime reporting centres – these are independent, non-police venues where you can report incidents in total confidence and get all the support you need. Centres are listed at gmp.police.uk/hatecrime
Follow the discussion on twitter at #HCAW2014
Transport for Greater Manchester will also be placing adverts on buses throughout Greater Manchester as part of the campaign, reminding public transport users that hate crime is not acceptable.
Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “The impact of hate crime extends far beyond the initial incident.
“By their very nature, hate crimes are very personal attacks that leave victims, who are often already vulnerable individuals, feeling defenceless physically and emotionally.
“Because of this, victims may be reluctant to report the crime or – worse still – may come to accept hate crime as an inevitable part of their lives.”