We are now a Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime for members of Supported Activities Programme. Our reporting team consists of: Claire Smith, Sharon Harding, Gil Harding, Kath Oliver, Chris Plunkett and Pat Winsor.
If you feel you are a victim of hate crime then you can talk to any of the above people who will help you report it directly to the police or report it online. You can report it online yourself by Clicking Here.
Have you been intimidated, harassed, victimised or abused because of who you are or what you believe in? If so, then you are a victim of hate crime.
A hate crime is any criminal offence that is motivated by hostility or prejudice based upon a victimâ€™s disability, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Hate crime victims may experience:
- Physical assault
- People swearing or making abusive remarks
- Spitting or insulting gestures
- People doing things that frighten, intimidate or cause distress
- Bullying at school, college or place of work
- Having property stolen or damaged
- Disputes with neighbours
Hertfordshire Constabulary is keen to encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to report incidents to police without fear and to reassure them that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity. In fact, if it can be proven that a crime committed against a person has been motivated by hate, offenders can face a lengthier sentence if the case goes to court. In addition to this, once a hate crime is reported and investigated, the Force works very closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to assist in the presentation of evidence throughout any court proceedings.
Incidents of hate crime can be reported by calling the non-emergency number Telephone 101. In an emergency, where there is an immediate threat to life or property, always dial Telephone 999.
Alternatively, hate crime can also be reported online through the True Vision website which all police forces and England, Northern Ireland and Wales are signed up to. The online report will then be forwarded to the relevant local police force.
True Vision provides information for victims and the public about what hate crime is, why it is important to report it when it happens, and sets out the range of ways hate crimes can be reported, including via a new online reporting form. The site also provides links to organisations that can offer support and advice on hate crime related issues.
Why not contact us today?
For more information on the above and if you live in the Stevenage or North Hertfordshire area, please Contact Us or telephone using 01462 485534 and we will be glad to answer all of your questions. Alternatively, for more information on becoming a member of Supported Activities Programmme, please visit our Members section, or visit our Volunteers section if you would like to become a volunteer. We could not run without volunteers and there are various roles available.