Welcome to Safer Together Apart!
After four weeks, our virtual #SaferTogetherApart event is coming to an end. During the last four weeks we highlighted some key issues currently affecting our communities, and provided useful advice, tips, and links to further information.
If you have missed any of it, you can catch up here:
In order to build inclusive communities, it’s important that organisations reflect and represent all the communities they serve.
Action for Equality, Inclusion and Diversity
The Police and Crime Commissioner and his team are committed to being accessible to and inclusive of all of the communities and people we serve and have developed a five-point action plan for Equality, Inclusion and Diversity.
Hampshire Constabulary are running a number of initiatives to ensure its workforce is as diverse as the community it serves, and that more diverse voices are heard.
Young people advisory group
One of those initiatives is a drive to form a young people advisory group to complement the already existing Independent Advisory Group.
Any young person between the age of 18 and 25 can apply, and young people from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged. The role will be to challenge and advise on issues such as stop and search, arrest and custody issues, critical incidents and ASB and crime which has an unequal impact on communities, such as hate crime.
Positive action programme
Another initiative run by Hampshire Constabulary for a number of years is the Positive Action Programme.
Positive Action is based on legislation laid down in the Equality Act 2010 and is a recruitment tool that allows the Constabulary to get candidates from underrepresented groups to the same level as mainstream candidates and join the force. As Aleks Drapala, positive action co-ordinator at the Constabulary explains, positive action is not just for people from different racial backgrounds – it covers all nine protected characteristics: age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation.
Watch the video to hear why is it important, what the most common barriers to joining the police are, and how the team works with candidates to overcome them:
Hate crime doesn’t just happen to people in their private lives. Hate crime can also happen to people in the workplace – for example by being assaulted by a customer, or by being bullied by a colleague.
Employers must take all reasonable steps to protect employees from discrimination and harassment and support them if they become a victim or witness of hate crime.
The Safer Hampshire Business Partnership, Hampshire Constabulary, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and Enterprise Rent-a-Car Ltd have worked together to create an employers’ guide to hate crime, designed for businesses who want to ensure their managers and employees are supported appropriately should they become a victim of or witness a hate crime in the workplace.
There are three guides available with targeted information for employers or HR leads, for line managers, and for employees, covering topics such as record keeping, confidentiality, reporting and signposting to appropriate report.
The purpose of the Youth Commission is to make young people part of the solution to tackling crime and improving policing, rather than being seen as part of the problem.
Every year our Youth Commission members consult with young people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight about their concerns and thoughts on crime. The summary reports and recommendations then help shape decisions about policing and crime.
Hate crime is one of their current priorities, and their initial findings from this year’s Big Conversation suggest that:
The Youth Commission were on Unity 101 FM today at 3pm, to discuss hate crime. Listen to the interview by pressing play below. A transcript of the interview is also available.
Dawn Tracey from Y-Services, one of our partners who provide services for young people, have put together a little video about PRIDE and how they have supported young LGBT+ people during lockdown.
Not all victims are comfortable with reporting their experiences directly to the police. Possible reasons for this may include:
Third Party Reporting Centres (TPRCs) overcome these barriers by providing an alternative to directly reporting to the police, without which a number of hate incidents and crimes would never be reported or recorded.
Sam Waddington, Southampton Hate Crime Network co-ordinator, explains what a Third Party Reporting Centre is and what you can expect when seeking their advice and support:
There are now more than 70 TPRCs in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight – including all Citizens Advice Bureaus, some libraries, and many organisations right within the heart of those communities affected by hate crime.
Local hate crime networks
Both Portsmouth and Southampton have now established hate crime networks – groups of organisations working together to tackle hate crime in their city. They provide hate crime training to other organisations, work with schools on educating young people about hate crime, and run joint awareness campaigns to increase reporting.
Southampton Hate Crime Network
Portsmouth TPRC Network
The impact of a hate crime on a victim can be very personal and long lasting. Any crime lowers the quality of life for a victim but a hate crime attacks a person’s core sense of identity and belonging within society. Hate crime victims have higher levels of depression, stress and anger, and for longer than victims of other types of crime. This can leave an individual, families and even communities feeling detached and isolated from society and potentially make them even more vulnerable to being victimised.
In its most basic definition, a hate crime is “any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s actual or perceived race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability and gender identity”.
A hate crime can manifest itself as:
You can report a hate crime to the police:
Or you can report a hate crime to a third party reporting centre (TPRC). There are national TPRCs and local TPRCs, and a full list can be found in the hate crime guide or here.
Please note that during the current pandemic many of the centres only operate a telephone service.