Police campaign to stop hate crime
PUBLISHED: 09:52 16 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:16 16 June 2015
Events are being held across London today
Police in Bromley and Bexley are holding a series of events today to encourage people to report hate crime.
Around 3,200 Met Police officers and police community support officers across London will be visiting schools and faith groups and holding street stalls, to remind people that they are entitled to live their lives free from bullying and harassment.
They will be supported in their efforts by 370 volunteer police cadets
Officers regularly work with community leaders, including leaders of synagogues and mosques and representatives of minority groups, to combat hate crime – which police believe often goes under-reported.
Commander Mak Chishty, who is in charge of the drive against hate crime, said: “We will not tolerate hate crime.
“No one should suffer in silence and we urge victims to report hate crime to us as soon as possible so we can act.
“Not only will your evidence help us catch those responsible, you could help prevent other people from becoming a target.”
The Met Police definition of hate crime is any incident that is considered to be racist, homophobic, transphobic or motivated by a person’s religion, belief, gender identity or disability.
The number of hate crimes is increasing, partly as a result of trouble around the world.
In March the Met launched the We Stand Together campaign, in which members of community and faith groups across London signed a pledge of solidarity against hatred and intolerance.
For live updates today, follow the hashtag #CommunityActionDay on Twitter.
To report an offence, call 101, 999 in an emergency, or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.