POLICE joined forces with a college to help raise awareness of hate crimes among young people.
East Durham College’s Peterlee Campus hosted the day in conjunction with Durham Constabulary and guest speakers to show how victims can be targeted because they are seen as “different”.
The day consisted of a number of interactive sessions including talks from guest speakers Mohammed Sadiq, BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Independent Advisory Group Vice Chairman, talking about racial hate crime, Emma Roebuck, Chief Officer for Gay Advice Darlington and Durham, covering LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) hate crime, and Jim Welsh, Chairman of Blind Life Durham, speaking on disability hate crime.
Durham Constabulary set up the event, which is one of four, to be attended by 1,200 students, to help reinforce positive messages to students and staff by looking to promote local positive images, increase public satisfaction and increase the reporting of hate incidents.
Simone Collpitts, director of teaching and learning at the college, said the students learned about an important problem and how to deal with hate crime and added: “We hope this event will reinforce positive messages to both staff and students across all of the East Durham College sites.”
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Reducing the impact of hate crime is one of my personal priorities in my Police and Crime Plan.
“These events are an excellent example of agencies working together to raise awareness of hate crime, for both staff and students alike.”