Hertfordshire Constabulary to launch hate crime awareness events

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:06 13 October 2017

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Hertfordshire Police is set to launch several events as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

The initiative, starting tomorrow (Saturday, October 14), will involve the constabulary’s specialist Hate Crime Officers setting up stands and events county-wide to talk to the public about hate crime.

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There will then be a special conference on the Friday to launch a new Hertfordshire Hate Crime Strategy to professionals.

Detective Superintendent Dean Patient, the constabulary’s lead for tackling hate crime, said: “Despite the increase in reporting, hate crime is widely believed to be under-reported.

“I would encourage people not to tolerate these crimes but report them so they can be investigated and victims can receive relevant support.

“Remember being different is not a crime, being victimised because of it is. Our message is don’t ignore it – report it.”

Residents can find out more about the awareness week by searching for the hashtag #NHCAW or #NHCAW2017 on social media.

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