To what extent has hate crime increased since the European Union referendum result and what is Sussex Police doing to tackle it?
This is one of many questions that the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne will ask Chief Constable Giles York, at this month’s Performance & Accountability Meeting this afternoon (22 July)
Commenting ahead of the meeting, Mrs Bourne said, “Reports of hate crime nationally have risen dramatically since the EU referendum result and this is very worrying. I want to find out about the situation locally and what Sussex Police is doing to tackle this.
“Throughout history, the British have shown themselves to be a tolerant nation, and one which has been enriched socially and economically by the many diverse peoples who have made the UK their home. Hate crime undermines this rich diversity and tolerance that, as a nation, we should instead be celebrating.
“So I want to find out how the Force is acting on hate crime and abuse reports and working with communities across Sussex to prevent any further instances.
“For those who do not want to report a hate crime to the police for whatever reason they can now send a report straight to victim support services through the new and improved Self Evident crime reporting app. The modified app empowers victims by allowing them to choose the kind of support they want to receive. Ultimately, the app puts the victim in the driving seat.
“Another benefit of the app is its ability to record and store video, audio and photo evidence. This is particularly good for witnesses of hate crime and subsequently will help individuals feel confident to report it and show that it won’t be tolerated.
“As PCC I am determined to improve this for everyone in Sussex and that is why I fully support any initiative that tackles hate crime, which is a key priority in my Police & Crime Plan.”
Other topics under discussion at the meeting include feedback on how the summer drink drive campaign Operation Dragonfly has fared, improvements to non-emergency call handling times, and the impact of the new local policing programme which features PCSOs having enhanced powers.
You can watch the meeting between 2-3.30pm here on Eastbourne Buzz.