Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, will be seeking the views of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) communities at a drop in session at The Oak public house in Middlesbrough on Thursday 13th February between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
The evening will be an opportunity for community members to speak about their views on community safety and hate crime with the Commissioner and representatives from Cleveland Police and Middlesbrough’s Public Health and Wellbeing team.
The event forms part of the Commissioner’s focus on the issue of hate crime, and how the police and partnership agencies can encourage communities to come forward and report incidents when they occur.
Barry Coppinger said: “Research has shown that unfortunately many members of the LGB&T communities suffer persistent hate abuse and fail to report this to the police and other agencies. This can be for a variety of reasons, including fear that their concerns will not be taken seriously or that no action will be taken.
“By visiting The Oak we are hoping that we will show communities that we are here to listen to their concerns, we will take them seriously and robust action will be taken against anyone who perpetrates hate crime within Cleveland.”
Nicky Harkin, Chair of the Middlesbrough Hate Crime Case Group, said: “Figures for hate crime in Middlesbrough are relatively low, however we realise that incidents are often under reported. We want to make victims aware of the help and support available, and to understand the concerns that they have in coming forward so that as agencies we can improve our partnership working and encourage more people to come forward to get the help that they need.”
Download a flyer for the event (PDF format, 277KB)
Posted on Thursday 6th February 2014