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Nottinghamshire Police supports Pride

June 29, 2020
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Nottinghamshire Police is reiterating its commitment to the LGBT+ community and encouraging people to report hate crime as part of Pride 2020.

According to Stonewall, four out of five LGBT+ people who have experienced a hate crime didn’t report it to the police.

Chief Constable Craig Guildford said: “Pride sadly looks very different this year due to the ongoing threat of Coronavirus.

“However, it’s still incredibly important to remember that LGBT+ people still often face discrimination in their daily lives.

“We are committed to continuing our work against hate crime to make sure that LGBT+ people are free to be who they are.

“I would also like to encourage people from LGBT+ communities to consider a career in the police. In a recent recruitment drive 16% of recruits identified as LGBT+, which is a fantastic step and will help the force to continue engaging with and working for the diverse communities it serves.

“Thank you also to everyone who has observed the government’s guidelines this year and has celebrated Pride in a different way. Let’s hope that next year we can have a celebration which is bigger and better than ever.”

Marta Bugajska, from Nottinghamshire Police's Hate Crime Team, said: “Hate crime is completely unacceptable, but we can only tackle it if we know when it’s happening.

“You have the right to be who you are and to live without fear, and we want to uphold that right. Please don’t let these incidents go unreported. If you are being abused for your sexual orientation or for being transgender, then report it and help us to stop it.”

You can report hate crime to Nottingham Police by calling 101 or online via TRUEVISION at www.report-it.org.uk.

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101 is the number to call when you need to contact Nottinghamshire Police and it’s less urgent than a 999 call. Calls cost 15p, no matter how long the call lasts.