Merseyside's Deputy Police Commissioner is today visiting colleagues in Nottingham to find out more about their work to tackle hate crime.
Cllr Emily Spurrell is travelling to the East Midlands to visit Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping and Nottinghamshire Constabulary hate crime lead Superintendent Ted Antill to find out more about their innovative work to prevent and address hate crime.
In July 2016, Nottinghamshire Police became the first force in the country to record misogyny as a hate crime. The move, which was supported by Nottingham’s Women Centre, means abuse or harassment of women, which might not be a crime, can be reported to and investigated by the police, and support for the victim put in place. In the same year, the East Midlands Police Commissioner held a high-level conference entitled Safer for Women aimed at tackling misogyny and sexual harassment to make public spaces safer for women.
Last October, during hate crime awareness week, the former MP also joined with Nottingham Mencap to launch a new mobile app to help vulnerable people with learning disabilities identify a safe public place in times of need.
Emily’s visit will give her the opportunity to find out more about these projects and discuss the work being done to create a hate crime policy.
Emily said: “The Commissioner has made tackling hate crime one of her policing priorities and we are working with some fantastic local partners to improve and enhance the support which is on offer in Merseyside, including Stop Hate UK and the Anthony Walker Foundation.
“But we cannot rest on our laurels, we know there is always more that can be done. A great way of doing this is by looking at what is working on other areas and what schemes and projects are making a difference in others parts of the UK.
“I know that some great work is being done in Nottinghamshire, so I am looking forward to meeting Paddy and representatives from the Force to find out about the innovative schemes they are running and how they are helping vulnerable people in their area. My thanks to them for their time”
If you have been affected by hate crime, please contact Merseyside Police on 101 or on twitter @MerPolCC. Alternatively, if you do not wish to speak to the police, contact independent charity Stop Hate UK on 0800 138 1625 or online via www.stophateuk.org
Help and support is also available at www.victimcaremerseyside.org