Hate crime ambassadors sought to tackle issue

Sgt Peter Allen SUS-141014-114716001
Sgt Peter Allen SUS-141014-114716001

Sussex Police is looking for ambassadors to raise awareness of hate crime and how to report it.

Hate crime is defined by police as being persistently targeted because of a personal characteristic, whether it is your race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity, or something else which is offensive.

Sussex Police is holding coaching sessions for those who want to get involved in tackling the issue.

Sussex Police Hate Crime Sergeant, Peter Allan said, “We know that a lack of understanding about what hate crime is and at what level you can report it to the police are two of the biggest challenges.

“I hope these coaching sessions will be a springboard for discussions about hate crime, in the pub, at work, at the gym, at the many clubs and activities people take part in on a regular basis and… well, anywhere really.”

The first session took place at Hastings Police Station on Sunday, and there will be a second session at Brighton Police Station on Thursday January 22.

Further sessions will be held across Sussex, although the dates and venues have not yet been released .

Anyone who is interested in becoming a hate crime ambassador should contact Sgt Allen by telephone on 07867 501150 or you can e-mail peter.allan@sussex.pnn.police.uk