Sophie Lancaster Foundation accredited as partner organisation for reporting hate crimes; The Haslingden charity has been named among five 'Support to Report' services for hate incidents.
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation has been officially named as a partner organisation for the police in the reporting of hate crimes.
The Haslingden-based charity is one of five organisations across Lancashire to have been accredited as third party 'Support to Report' services for hate incidents.
The public will be able to report hate crimes through these organisations -- who will offer support and guidance in reporting this as a crime to Lancashire Constabulary. All reports of incidents will also be included in statistics.
Sylvia Lancaster OBE, chief executive of The Sophie Lancashire Foundation, said: "The Sophie Lancaster Foundation are proud that here in Lancashire, people who are from an alternative subcultures will have somewhere to report a hate crime or incident. We have been signposting people to report for 10 years since Sophie's hate motivated murder in 2007. People should feel that they are heard when they have suffered abuse and this is an important they get the support from appropriate services."
Chief Inspector Ian Mills, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: "These reporting centres open up a wide range of ways victims can report in confidence and seek support. Lancashire Constabulary encourages all victims of hostility or hate to come forward and report, anonymously if necessary, to one of the centres or the police."
The other partner organisations, unveiled to coincide with the end of National Hate Crime Awareness Week, are Disability Equality North West, Lancashire Council of Mosques, Drugline Lancashire, and Club Casa Romanilor.
Clive Grunshaw, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: "Offering victims of hate crime a number of ways to report is an important part of the work being done across the county, to tackle what is a major concern for many in Lancashire.
"It is also clear that more people feel comfortable to come forward and report instances of hate crime, which is helping more victims receive the help and advice they need. "These 'Support to Report' centres offer another avenue for reporting incidents and receiving support - ensuring this is as easy as possible can only be a good thing, with supporting victims of crime a key priority in my Police and Crime Plan."
"Lancashire is no place for hate and we continue to send this message loud and clear by encouraging people to sign the 'Say No To Hate' pledge, reporting incidents when they happen and seeking support through Lancashire Victim Services."
Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner joined representatives from Lancashire Constabulary and partner organisations who have successfully become third party 'Support to Report' services for hate crimes and incidents, marking the end of National Hate Crime Awareness Week