Police and Crime Commissioner Michael Lane recently spent a day on the Isle of Wight meeting partners to discuss policing issues on the Island.
His first port of call was to speak at Tackling Hate Crime Together community stakeholder workshops held at the Riverside Centre in Newport. The workshops have been set up to produce an action plan to tackle Hate Crime on the Isle of Wight.
Whilst on the Island the Police and Crime Commissioner also took the opportunity to meet with Superintendent Sarah Jackson the Island’s senior officer to discuss policing on the Island.
Later that day, the Commissioner met with Leader of the Isle of Wight Council Cllr Jonathan Bacon and Claire Shand, Head of Human Resources and Operational Change for the Council. The Police and Crime Commissioner’s final meeting of the day was with Robin Courage MBE High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight.
Michael Lane, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “After an excellent day at the Isle of Wight County Show on Sunday, I was delighted to have the opportunity to return, open the workshop, and meet with a range of key partners.
“I especially appreciated the chance to meet with practitioners who work on the Island dealing with Hate Crime. Although the numbers of reported hates crimes here are small, with only 94 Hate Crimes recorded between 1 April 2015 and the 31 March 2016, it is an intolerable crime which perpetrators should not and must not get away with.
“My aim on the Island, as with the rest of Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton is to give victims the confidence to report Hate Crime and improve reporting of this serious issue to bring perpetrators to justice swiftly.”