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NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE - HATE CRIME

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Date: 
December 2018

A few weeks ago an officer from the community cohesion team when out in the city centre during NTE hours on a fact finding mission around hate crime. She engaged with NTE workers and it was apparent that hate crime is under reported as any verbal abuse is generally not reported, only when it escalates to violence that hate crime/incidents are reported.

This has been raised as a priority due to the clear concerns from the local community and to give the local community the confidence to report hate crime/incidents

Hate crime is prevelant particularly during the night time economy period. Those more vulnerable to hate crime are night time economy workers; door staff, taxi drivers, restaurant/takeaway businesses etc

Together with community cohesion and Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime Officers a City Centre bespoke hate crime stratagy will be developed to empower people to report any form of hate incident/crime. Working with local businesess we want to give them the confidence to report such incidents to the police. Equally, we need to educate people that hate crime will not be tolerated in the City Centre and this will be achieved through a communications campaign.

We have also identified an engagement gap with the Chinese community. Several of our venues in the City Centre are chinese restaurants and there is currently a lack of understanding of their issues.

The neighbourhood policing team with a community cohesion co ordinator will develop engagement opportunities with the chinese communities to better understand the issues affecting them and to give them the confidence to report issues to the police.

The City centre neighbourhood policing team will keep you updated on developments.

OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE

I have met with Community Cohesion, and the Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime officer and agreed on our objectives:

Increase reporting by developing confidence in the Police.

Support victims of Hate Crime/Incident

Prevent Hate Crime/Incident

Better understand Hate Crime/Incidents

During the meeting we agreed on the following:

Early engagement with the BID ( Business Improvement District) to establish how they can help with achieving the objectives.

 To kick start a communications campaign  supported by licensed venues to demonstrate their commitment to "no tolerance to hate crime"

To set up a LGBT focus group to better understand their issues and how best we can support them.

We will be meeting up with the Taxi Unions to listen to their concerns and encourage them to report hate crime/incident.

To forge better links with the Chinese community. There is an engagement event on 20th November at the Chinese Community Centre on Mansfield Road so will update on how we get on with that. We will also engage with  Chinese students to understand the challenges they face and how we can help.

Together with community cohesion
and Nottinghamshire Police Hate Crime Officers a City Centre bespoke hate crime
stratagy will be developed to empower people to report any form of hate
incident/crime. Working with local businesess we want to give them the
confidence to report such incidents to the police. Equally, we need to educate
people that hate crime will not be tolerated in the City Centre and this will
be achieved through a communications campaign.

NOV 18 UPDATE:

We are working closely with the Community Cohesion team to reach out to different communities to encourage them to report hate crime. As part of our hate crime strategy, earlier this month PC Phoebe Lau and Gurmit Kaur attended the Chinese community group on Mansfield road to speak to the local community about all sorts of issues. This was very well recieved  and we hope to make this a regular engagement event. 

Earlier this month we had a successful meeting with the Business Improvement district who have agreed to apply for Government funding to tackle hate crime in the City Centre. I will let you know how we get on with this.  

We have developed good links with Nottingham College who is host to a diverse community. We hope to educate students about hate crime aswell as other 21st Century issues.!!

All officers are aware of the importance to tackle hate crime so please be reassured we take such incidents very seriously.

During the Christmas period there will be increased police  patrols in the City Centre so please be reassured and come and enjoy what the City Centre has to offer.

DEC18 UPDATE:

Officers continue to prioritise hate crime to ensure we provide the best possible service. Nottingham Hate Incident Performance panel ( NHIPP) meet once a month to review all hate crime/incidents in the City. City Centres performance in terms of response to hate crimes is really good which shows officers understand the importance of hate crime/ incidents. The focus will continue and some new initiatives will be introduced in the new year to ensure the City Centre is no place for hate.