Victims of hate crime encouraged to come forward in West Yorkshire (30 Sept 2015)

West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire are supporting today's national launch of the "We Stand Together" campaign, encouraging all victims of hate crime to come forward.

The campaign seeks to bring individuals and communities together against hatred and intolerance, particularly against the background of global terrorist attacks which threaten to divide communities in Great Britain.

It is supported by social media activity, in which individuals and groups show their support through messages and photographs under the hashtag #WeStandTogether

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said:

"West Yorkshire is a proudly diverse county and there is no room for racist or xenophobic behaviour. West Yorkshire Police will not tolerate hate crimes or incidents and we want people to have the courage to report matters, either directly or indirectly, to the police.

"The We Stand Together campaign was initially launched in March, as a direct response to challenges from the raised threat to Jewish and Muslim communities. However, I want to send a wider message to all our communities that we are there for them."

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"Hate crime should not be tolerated in any of its forms as nobody should feel threatened or be a victim of crime because of who they are.

"It is important that all partners work together to offer the best possible service to victims and to ensure they feel confident to report crimes to police and that they are then dealt with appropriately.

"That is why I am happy to support today's national campaign in partnership with West Yorkshire Police."

Anyone with information about a hate crime or incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrime or in person at a police station.

Alternatively, there are independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) across West Yorkshire for anyone who does not want to speak directly to the police.  To find your nearest centre visit the West Yorkshire Police website.  There is also an independent online hate crime reporting facility on the True Vision website at www.report-it.org.uk

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