A community hate crime champion plays a key part in helping people who have experienced hate receive the right advice and support. They will be a key contact in the community working with the police and partners to identify hate crime, improve reporting and support to victims of hate crime.
Aims of a community hate crime champion:
improve identification of a hate crime
improve reporting of hate crime to Staffordshire Police
improve support to victims
improve public confidence to report hate crime
Who can become a community hate crime champion
Anyone can become a community hate crime champion, for example individuals who are involved with or part of communities who are identified as protected characteristics of hate crime:
religion or beliefs
In addition, a community hate crime champion could be someone who works:
with partner agencies
in the voluntary sector
as football stewards
The aim is to have as many members of the community to become a community hate crime champion. They can be members of the community who:
have an enhanced awareness of hate crime and none crime incidents
help identify hate crime and encourage victims to report
have a good awareness of support available to victims of hate crime
The list is not exhaustive as we are after people who are passionate about identifying and supporting victims of hate crime who through their job or other roles are well placed to be able to do so.
Community hate crime champions will receive hate crime awareness guidance provided by our commissioned service, Uniting Staffordshire Against Hate (USAH) which is an initial three-and-a-half-hour online session to provide them with the enhanced knowledge and skills that they need. There will be follow up guidance as required.
They will also be kept up to date with a quarterly bulletin promoting the work of hate crime champions as well as other local developments in Staffordshire to tackle hate crime and improve our service to victims.
They will be a key contact in the community working with the police and partners to identify hate crime, improve reporting and support to victims of hate crime.