Hate Crime Champions - Can you help?

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Lisa Butler (Police, Community Relations Officer, South Oxon and Vale)
Hate Crime Champions (HCC’s)

Thames Valley Police are working together with the Hate Crime Network (HCN) to recruit Hate Crime Champions (HCC’s) within the South and Vale area.

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice held by the offender. These prejudices surround an individual’s disability, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation.

The HCN, who are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner, are actively looking for people to volunteer to be a ‘Hate Crime Champion’ in their community, this will help build bridges, encourage people to report crimes and offer support to vulnerable people.

The description of the role is below.

The role of the champions

Working to support victims in your area and taking reports of hate crime from people in your community
Identifying communities who are at risk of hate crime, discrimination and victimisation
Actively engaging with vulnerable communities – developing and maintaining relationships
Providing reassurance and promoting community cohesion
Acting as a pivotal link between the HCN/police and community.
Support speaking at community meetings and religious events
Answering the 24hour phone line once a month
Feeding information into the HCN/police about possible tensions or concerns in your area.

Lisa Butler, the South and Vale Community Relations Officer is working alongside the HCN to raise awareness of Hate Crime. If you feel you can help us make a difference and would like to apply to become a champion, or require further details please contact Lisa, details below by Wednesday 13 July.

A training session for the role will be held at South Oxon and Vale District Council offices, Milton Park near Abingdon on Friday 5 August, 11am – 1.30pm. Invites will be sent out to successful applicants prior to training.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Butler – Thames Valley Police, Community Relations Officer
Tel: 01235 556611 (Monday –Friday between 8.30am and 12.30pm)