Published On: Mon, Oct 13th, 2014 on 1:30 pm

New online hate crime report form launched in West Yorkshire

Police UK

A new online reporting system has been introduced to help encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime incidents to report it to the police.

The campaign, launched by West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, coincides with national Hate Crime Awareness Week and aims to give people a better understanding of what hate crime is and what they can do about it.

The new form is to be used to only report non-emergency incidents and can be used to report hate crime that is verbal, physical or on social media.

Assistant Chief Constable, Andy Battle, said: “Hate crime takes many forms including verbal abuse, harassment, threats, intimidation, physical abuse and vandalism. It can have both a devastating effect on a single victim but also the potential to divide communities.

“Everyone has a part to play in reporting hate incidents. It may be that some incidents do not constitute a criminal offence but by letting us know we can ensure that support and advice is offered to those involved and action taken where appropriate.

Mark Burns Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, added: “Raising awareness of hate crime and how to report it is a key priority in the Police and Crime Plan.

“I want victims and witnesses of hate crime to feel able to come forward and report it to individuals and organisations they trust, because it is not acceptable in any form.”

Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online or in person at a police station.

You can fill out the form at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/hatecrimereportingform.

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- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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