'Policing with Pride' this hate crime awareness week

08 Feb 2016 12:00 PM

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'Policing with Pride'- Officers take to the airwaves to promote Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016

Central Chief Inspector Barrie Joisce will be joining the Pride Radio team as the force teams up with the radio station to launch Hate Crime Awareness Week.

From 6pm this evening, Chief Insp Joisce will be live on the station's popular drivetime show hosted by DJs Stu Hatton and Nick Flanagan. He will be talking about how the force is supporting hate crime awareness week and highlighting some of the good work that goes on in the police to tackle it.

Chief Inspector Joisce said: "Pride Radio is based here in Newcastle but has a large local and international following, making it the ideal way for us to reach lots of people and raise awareness about National Hate Crime Awareness Week.

"Hate Crime is an issue that we take incredibly seriously as a force and we can not underestimate the impact it has on victims. We work closely with the LGBT communities here in Newcastle and are committed to tackling issues like homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, as well as all of the other types of hate crime.

"It's only by talking about these issues and making people aware of what hate crime really is and what support is out there for them that we can start to stamp it out. I'm grateful for Pride Radio for giving us the opportunity to take part in their drivetime show and I'm really looking forward to it."

Pride radio manager Lee Finan said: "Northumbria Police already do a fantastic job protecting the communities of Newcastle and Gateshead. I think this is a great opportunity to strengthen the ties between the police and members of the lgbt community. It’s comforting to know that Northumbria Police are here to help, listen, advise and protect us. Pride Radio are looking forward to a long relationship with Northumbria Police, and helping them to get the message out there that if anybody is the victim of a hate crime (no matter how major or trivial you feel it might be), they are here to help and advise."

Northumbria Police is supporting Hate Crime Awareness week by running a series of events and initiatives throughout the force area, based on the campaign, ‘Being you is not a crime. Targeting you is’. For more information on the campaign visit the force website.