The Deputy Police Commissioner is marking National Hate Crime Awareness Week by attending a partnership event demonstrating the city region's commitment to tackling hate crime.
Cllr Emily Spurrell is among the guests speakers at the Eradicating Hate Crime and Joint Agency Hate Crime Minimum Service Standards event being hosted by the Anthony Walker Foundation.
The event, being held at the Quaker Meeting House on School Lane, aims to review what agencies across the Liverpool City Region have been doing, what else needs to be done, and offers an opportunity to share good practice.
It will also feature an independent review of the ‘Eradicating Hate Crime: Merseyside’s Partnership Strategy’ which was launched in 2014 by the Police Commissioner. The review, carried out by Liverpool University research student Thomas Hilbig, who is studying sociology, criminology and social policy, reviews the success of the strategy and makes recommendations for the future.
The event will also see the launch of an update to the Joint Agency Hate Crime Minimum Service Standards which provides details of how housing providers can ensure service users are provided with a response and the support they would expect. The update is the result of work by Cobalt Housing, LHT, Steve Biko Housing Association and the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), and other partners.
It is hoped the re-launch and strategy review will assist in re-energising the efforts to effectively tackle hate crime and ensuring anyone experiencing it would be able to access the services and responses they would expect.
Organisations already involved and signed up to the Minimum Service Standards and Partnership Strategy will be encouraged to reflect on their practises and how they are maintaining pace with the ever changing needs and concerns that can arise from events locally, nationally and globally.
Hate crime is of serious concern for all, for those experiencing and affected by it, for those who have responsibility to respond and support, and for those with a role to help stop it from happening. The event is open to all and will provide an opportunity for fresh impetus, smarter and improved partnerships and identify key priorities in the years ahead.
The event is being supported by Liverpool City Council, Safer Stronger Communities Team.
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