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11 October 2016, 14:03
"All forms of hate crime are completely unacceptable and will be dealt with robustly" say Devon and Cornwall Police.It's hate crime awareness week, and a campaign has been launched by our police force to encourage more victims of hate crime to report it. Together with Devon & Cornwall Police, partner agencies and community leaders are working to prevent hate crime, support victims and deal with the perpetrators in the most appropriate manner. The definition of hate crime as determined by the the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Crown Prosecution Service states that ‘hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race; religion/belief; sexual orientation; disability or because they are transgender.’ As part of the national hate crime awareness week, police in Devon and Cornwall will be carrying out a programme of activities including drop-in sessions and workshops. An Open day (10am-7pm) is being held at the Guildhall, Exeter promoting awareness and understanding of hate crime. During the week, ‘one stop pop up’ events will be held in all major towns across Cornwall where representatives from the police and support agencies will be on hand to answer people’s questions. Plus police diversity and youth intervention teams will be attending workshops and careers fairs to increase engagement with young people around the subject. The campaign will also be supported by the distribution of leaflets and posters, and messages will be circulated across police and partner agencies’ social media accounts. They're urging everyone to pledge their support to the ‘zero tolerance to hate crime’ campaign by using the hashtag #ZeroTolerance2Hate and putting the pledge logo onto their social media profiles.