Recruitment and engagement event in Newcastle in support of hate crime awareness week

18 Oct 2017 16:00 PM

Recruitment [View Full Size]

Northumbria Police are working alongside Virgin Trains, British Transport Police, partner organisations and other hate crime reporting services to hold a recruitment and engagement event to support Hate Crime Awareness Week.

It will be held at Central Station on Thursday 19th October from 10am onwards where we will be actively promoting engagement from under-represented groups such as disabled, BAME, LGBT and more.

The bespoke team of Northumbria Police officers staffing the event are joined by Virgin Trains & British Transport Police and is made up of community engagement teams, LGBT liaison officers, the force LGBT association, police staff, cadets and volunteer special constables. 

They all have specific training and knowledge about issues affecting our diverse communities and this is an opportunity for potential new recruits to learn more. They will be joined by staff from Victims First Northumbria, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, North East Ambulance Service & Newcastle City Council, who will be able to answer questions that people may have and give advice to anyone who needs it.

Chief Inspector Karl Wilson said: "We have run events like this before in Newcastle and we always get a fantastic reception and turn out from members of the 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 and also to learn about recruitment and joining the police force.

"It's also a great opportunity for us to continue to build good relationships with communities and raise awareness in the help and support out there for anyone who has been the victim of hate crime. If you're at Central Station on the day and see our officers and our partners, then please stop and speak to us, we are here to help and support you in any way we can."

As well as recruitment, the aim of the event is to raise awareness and encourage engagement with our teams. It's also a great opportunity for anyone who wants to talk to the police about particular issues affecting them.

PC Graham Marshall from British Transport Police said: “We want people to know there is never any excuse for Hate Crime. Being victimised because of who you are or who people think you are is fundamentally wrong.

“If you are a victim of hate crime, or if you witness an incident that makes you feel uncomfortable, please do not suffer in silence – report it to us and we will do everything we can to help.

“We take every report extremely seriously - we investigate them thoroughly and support every single victim.”

The event comes during National Hate Crime Awareness 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. 

The aim is also to encourage people that the police can be trusted and aiming to build confidence within the community.  We will also be joined by some of the force Safe Reporting Centres, who provide a safe independent environment to report and discuss Hate Crime.

Chris Cunningham, General Manager for Virgin Trains, said: "We are pleased to support our partners as they raise awareness of these important issues, and we will also have a team onsite to talk to anyone interested in joining Virgin Trains.”  

The theme of National Hate crime awareness week is "a safe place for all" so come along to promote safe reporting and safe places for people to report hate crime. There will be information about what a hate crime is and about our safe reporting centres.

Dame Vera Baird QC, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner said:  “I give my 100 per cent support to Hate Crime Awareness Week. There’s no place in our society for targeting someone for what they are and it will not be tolerated in Northumbria.

“This week is all about engaging with members of all our communities, to raise awareness that we have a clear stand against this and to highlight the support that is on offer throughout the force area. I will be taking part in activities this week with our partners to help with that.

“It really is important that all victims have the confidence to report hate crimes, if not to the police, to one of our partners.

“My message to anyone suffering any form of prejudice or discrimination is to feel that they can speak up. Nobody should suffer alone in this way – help is at hand.”

Please remember to report all types of Hate Crime to police.

To find out more information about what a hate crime is and the different types of Hate Crime visit:

For info & advice about reporting hate crime, including specific information about third party and safe reporting schemes in your area use:

#NoPlaceForHate #SafePlaceForAll #WeStandTogether #NHCAW #BeingYouIsNotACrime #NoToHateNE #ProudToBeYou