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Hate Crime under scrutiny at university diversity event

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping will address students, justice experts and community leaders at a university event aimed at tackling prejudice.

The discussion seminar is taking place on Monday, February 29 at the University of Nottingham as part of a week-long campaign called Diverse Nottingham Students Tackle Prejudice.

The initiative has been organised as part of the UN award-winning programme ParliaMentors to address disability, religious hate crime and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) prejudice as part of the ‘Stand With Me Campaign’. The organisation works hard to inform and educate students and community members about what hate crime is, how to report it, the different support organisations and initiatives available to victims in Nottingham and projects that are actively involved in efforts to combat this type of crime.

The discussion event, which takes place between 5pm and 8pm in the Portland Building and Trent Building, will bring key community figures together for a discussion on the key issues surrounding hate crime.

Commissioner Tipping is among a number of keynote speakers set to deliver speeches including Ruth Hyde OBE, Chief Executive of Broxtowe Borough Council and Janine Smith, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the East Midlands.

Commenting ahead of his visit, Mr Tipping said: “I’m looking forward to speaking at this important event and raising awareness of the projects I’m supporting to enhance services for victims of prejudice.

“We all recognise that we need to be doing much more to protect people, especially vulnerable or repeat victims, to ensure they’re not living in isolation or fear. 

“One of the biggest challenges facing modern police forces is under-reporting of hate crime incidents. My priority is to increase trust and confidence in Nottinghamshire Police so more people feel comfortable coming forward. Nottingham is a vibrant and diverse city and we must not let hate crime threaten or undermine relationships, divide our communities and perpetuate fear.”

Campaign leaders, who come from diverse faith and non-faith backgrounds, are organising an Outreach Fair at the University’s Portland Building on Monday, February 22 featuring a host of exhibitor organisations including Tell Mama, Mencap, Nightline, MEND, 3FF and Nottingham City Council.

A discussion event on Monday, February 22 February at the University under the banner “Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Going Viral in 2016?” focused on informing guests on the current realities of Islamophobia and Antisemitism with a focus on social media.

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Media Enquiries for Paddy Tipping:  Sallie Blair 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

 

Posted on Monday 22nd February 2016
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