Essex Police launch Twitter account to ‘Stop the Hate’
Crime / Mon 16th Dec 2013 at 01:17pm
A ‘Stop The Hate’ Twitter account has been launched as part of Essex Police’s fight against hate crime.
The aim is to raise awareness about hate crime across Essex and encourage victims to report it.
There will be regular Tweets about work that is being done to combat hate crime – whether it be on the grounds of race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.
This follows a successful ‘Stop The Hate’ conference, presented by the Strategic Hate Crime Prevention Partnership (SHCPP) in Chelmsford on Wednesday, December 4.
The conference brought together 220 delegates from a range of partner organisations involved in the field, who took part in workshops aimed at finding new ways to tackle hate crime. This learning will now be fed into future projects.
During the conference, it was announced that Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) will be rolled out across Essex following successful pilot schemes in Southend, Basildon and Chelmsford, which have been running since July.
These will make it easier for members of the public to report hate incidents, by providing safe and accessible places for them to go with information. Since the conference, 20 groups have already expressed an interest to sign up to train as HIRCs.
Dc Phil Merriam, Essex Police’s Hate Crime Co-ordinator, said, “It is important that we use every tool at our disposal to raise awareness and understanding of hate crime and this includes new media. People should note that the reports should still be made as normal, preferably by phone or through our partner website.”
You can now follow our tweets at @StopTheHate