West Yorkshire Police Supports Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

Saturday, 9 October, 2021

West Yorkshire Police is backing National Hate Crime Awareness Week which starts today.

The Force’s ‘Hate Hurts’ campaign aims to raise awareness of what hate crime and hate incidents are encourage our communities to report these issues when they take place.

Speaking ahead of the national week, West Yorkshire Police Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Damien Miller said:

“Hate crime can have a devastating impact on the victim but also on the wider community. That is why West Yorkshire Police take hate crime reports extremely seriously.

“As a Force, West Yorkshire Police is committed to engaging with our communities in order to address the historic under-reporting of hate crime.

“West Yorkshire Police employs dedicated Hate Crime Coordinators across our districts in order to assist those investigating hate crime, to provide support for victims throughout the investigation and to raise awareness of hate crime.

“We work closely with councils, Victim Support and the numerous community-based Hate Incident Reporting Centres to ensure that victims, witnesses and other affected parties feel supported.

“I would positively urge anyone who has experienced a hate crime to report it in a way that makes them feel comfortable.

“By being made aware of all hate crime, the police can deal with it and potentially prevent the same thing happening to someone else.”

A series of events, including seminars, presentations and roadshows, are taking place across West Yorkshire, involving the Force and other partner organisations.

In addition, West Yorkshire Police headquarters in Wakefield will be lit up in purple throughout the week to highlight support for the campaign.

To report hate crime or hate incidents, anyone can contact the police or an independent Hate Incident Reporting Centre or use the Stop Hate UK app (West Yorkshire version).

Reports to the police can be made by calling 999 in an emergency, or dialling 101 for a non-emergency, online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime or www.report-it.org.uk or by calling in to a police station.

Details on Hate Incident Reporting Centres can also be found on West Yorkshire Police's website.

Below are some of the Hate Crime Awareness Week events and activities that West Yorkshire Police is involved with:

Bradford District

Monday 11th
Bradford District Hate Crime Strategy 2021-24 launch on Monday, 11th October 2021 at the Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford.

CNET Question Time Panel on Hate Crime.

Saturday 16th
Anti Hate Crime event at Bradford City v Bristol Rovers football match

In addition, hate crime awareness events involving African and eastern European communities will take place throughout the week.

Bradford College will be holding a hate crime awareness event.

Bradford University will be holding a hate crime awareness event.

Requests for hate crime pledges from community organisations.

Calderdale District

Hate crime awareness and information stalls at various locations throughout the district during the week.

Tuesday  12th October
Hate Crime Seminar, featuring a presentation on hate crime by West Yorkshire Police as well as  keynote speakers including Iman Atta OBE Tell MAMA (Measuring anti-Muslim Attacks) and Alex Webster Northern Regional Security Coordinator for Community Safety Trust (anti-Semitic reporting) takes place at Calderdale College, Halifax. 09.30am – 2.30pm (10.00am start). Delegates will have the opportunity to attend a workshop to help shape future services to tackle hate crime. To book a free place contact [email protected] or [email protected]

Kirklees District

Saturday 9th
Poems of Hope Tour – Free outdoor poetry events throughout National Hate Crime Awareness Week - raising awareness of hate crime and spreading the message of hope in Kirklees. Featuring poetry from Batley Poets, children’s activities and open mics. Nelson Mandela Corner, Huddersfield 11am-1pm.
Poems of Hope Tour – see above - Beaumont Park (Band Stand), Crosland Moor 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Sunday 10th
Poems of Hope Tour – see above - Greenhead Park (Band Stand) 2pm-4pm.

Monday 11th
Hate crime awareness raising event, St George’s Square, Huddersfield, 10.30am-1.30pm.
Hate Crime Awareness Stall Batley – Tesco 10am-2pm.

Wednesday 13th
Hate Crime Awareness Stall Dewsbury Market, 10am-2pm
Poems of Hope Tour – see above - Longcause Band Stand, Dewsbury 2pm-4pm

Hate Crime Awareness Stall Aldi, Milnsbridge 5pm-7pm

Thurs 14th
Huddersfield Town Foundation – MATE Crime resources delivered to young people by PREVENT and Safer Kirklees 6pm-7pm

Friday 15th
Hate Crime Awareness Stall Huddersfield – Bus Station, 10am-2pm

Saturday 16th
Poems of Hope Tour – see above - The Green, Heckmondwike, 11am-1pm
Poems of Hope Tour – see above - Batley Market Place, Batley, 2.30pm-4.30pm
Posters highlighting hate crime awareness and how to report it will be on display in local libraries across Kirklees.

Leeds District

Monday  11th October
United Response: West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council - Hate Crime Mini Conference at  St George Centre, Leeds city centre.
Exhibition Van Road Show - Briggate /Trinity, Leeds

Exhibition  Van Road Show  - Tesco, Seacroft.
The Role of the Crown Prosecution Service in hate crime with Q+A  by Yvette Levy – Webinar.

Wednesday  13th
Exhibition Van Road Show  - Leeds Beckett University, Rosebowl.
Hate Crime awareness event with Migrant Access Project  - Online.

Thursday  14th
Webinar – Freedom Families by Kev Brighton.
Hate crime awareness outreach team - Briggate/City Centre, Leeds.

Wakefield District

Hate crime awareness stalls along with crime prevention and victim support planned in Trinity Walk.

Hate crime awareness stall at:
Outwood, Hemsworth Academy school – working really close with this school and the schools officer Stacey Caddick in reducing hate crime and educating children.

Hate crime awareness stall Pinderfields Hospital staff room  – to support hospital staff identify what they should be reporting and how West Yorkshire Police can support them.

Hate crime awareness stall Fieldhead Hospital staff room – to support hospital staff identify what they should be reporting and how West Yorkshire Police can support them.

Hate crime awareness stall Pinderfields Hospital service users – service users guidance and support.

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