A new hate crime reporting centre has been opened in Stockport to provide greater opportunity for people to report their experiences, enabling police to continue to improve the service they provide to the disabled community.
Disability Stockport, 23 High Street, Stockport, SK1 1EG is the latest place in Stockport to become a third party reporting centre. All the other reporting centres can be found at www.gmp.police.uk/stockport
Hate crime is defined as any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred towards someone because of their race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Police are now also appealing for more third party reporting centres. They are located in public buildings such as community centres, council offices and coffee shops and are designed to provide an informal environment for members of minority communities, who may not want to visit a police station to report incidents they have experienced or concerns they have. Staff will be trained and receive full support from police.
Sergeant Jill Slaine said: “Third party reporting takes away the need for a victim to attend a police station or have a visible police presence attend their home. Instead, they can discreetly report it and play their part in reducing hate crime in an environment where they feel comfortable and confident.
“To support people we need even more centres opened up across the borough so we can continue to act robustly to identify offenders and ensure they are brought to justice.”
People interested in setting up a third party reporting centre can contact Sergeant Jill Slaine on 0161 856 9662 or firstname.lastname@example.org
People can also contact police with information on 101, the new national non-emergency number.
Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Crimestoppers is an independent charity that will not want your name, just your information. Your call will not be traced or recorded and you do not have to go to court or give a statement.