Zero tolerance approach to hate crime underlined by police during awareness week

Devon and Cornwall Police is staging a week of action to raise awareness about hate crime and to encourage people to report it.

The force, which will be staging events and activities, wants more people to know what hate crime is – and to stand by those affected by it.

It is encouraging businesses and organisations to sign its Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime pledge.

The University of Exeter is among the locations visited by police this week to spread the message.

A spokesperson said: “Remember, a hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice because of a certain characteristic.

“This can be a person’s race, religion/belief, sexual orientation, disability, or because they are transgender.

“Police in Devon and Cornwall also record and monitor hate incidents/crimes based on sex or gender.”

To sign up to the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime pledge or learn more, click here.

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