Hate crime event in Newcastle city centre
13 Oct 2016 13:00 PM[View Full Size]
Police are running a hate crime event on 'the scene' in Newcastle city centre this Saturday as part of National Hate Crime week.
Between 9pm and 1am the mobile police station will be parked on the corner of Scotswood Road and Times Square and officers will be there speaking with people in the area about the work that police do around hate crime and advocating the reporting of hate incidents.
The aim is to encourage people that the police can be trusted and build confidence within the community.
The bespoke team of officers staffing the event are made up of the Central communities engagement team, LGBT liaison officers, the force LGBT association and volunteer special constables.
They all have specific training and knowledge about issues effecting the LGBT community and will be joined by staff from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service & Newcastle City Council, who will be able to answer questions that people may have and give advice to anyone who needs it.
The activity comes during National Hate Crime Week which the force is supporting and is part of the campaign ‘Being you is not a crime. Targeting you is’ which is aimed at encouraging people to come forward and speak to police and partners about hate crime.
DCI Deborah Alderson, from the force's Protecting Vulnerable People unit, said; "We have ran events like this before in Newcastle and we always get a fantastic reception and turn out from members of the LGBT community. It's a really relaxed and informal environment and the perfect chance for officers to speak to people face to face and listen to their concerns around hate crime.
"It's also a great opportunity for us to build good relationships with the community and raise awareness in the help and support out there for anyone who has been the victim of hate crime.
"If you're out in Newcastle and see our officers on the scene then please stop and speak to us, we are here to help and support you in anyway we can."
Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services said: "We continue to work in partnership with communities, partners and other agencies to support and encourage people to report these atrocious crimes, often committed against people just because they are perceived to be different.
"Hate crime has a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. Many people are left feeling fearful, vulnerable and alone and in some cases the attack can result in suicide or death. We will not tolerate hate crime in our city and no one should have to experience this just because of who they are".