Barry Coppinger, Police and Crime Commissioner with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities
Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger met with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) communities to discuss their experiences of hate crime and how the police and other agencies can better respond to incidents when they are reported.
The session took place last night at The Oak public house in Middlesbrough and was also attended by representatives from Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough’s Public Health and Wellbeing team.
The event formed part of the Commissioner’s focus on hate crime, and how the police and partnership agencies can encourage communities to come forward and report incidents when they occur.
Barry Coppinger said: “We have done a lot of work recently alongside the police, with all front line officers receiving training on how to recognise and respond to hate incidents.
“Historically there have been issues with the relationship between the police and LGB&T communities, and by visiting The Oak we hopefully demonstrated to communities that we are here to listen to their concerns. We want to know when incidents occur and if we do get things wrong then let us know so we can take action to resolve this.”
Inspector Dan Maddison, the Cleveland Police lead for hate crime added: “We recognise that some people within LGB&T communities will be wary of coming forward and we have a lot of work to do to build trust so people feel they are able to report incidents.
“This fear could be of going through the criminal justice process, but I want to get the message out to communities that we can tackle hate incidents through a variety of ways, it is not always necessary to go through the courts process, and for those who do we can offer support. We are determined to take a stand and show perpetrators that hate will not be tolerated in Cleveland and we need the support of communities to help us achieve this.”
Anyone reporting hate crime should call the non-emergency number 101 or 999 in an emergency. For support regarding hate incidents Inspector Dan Maddison can be contacted on 01642 302030, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Friday 14th February 2014