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Faith Leaders Unite to address Hate and Security Issues

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Paddy Tipping (Centre Right) with attendees at Faith Leaders Hate Crime and Security Event

Over twenty faith leaders joined PCC Paddy Tipping to discuss security measures and hate crime in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

The Commissioner organised the free workshop, with representatives from Nottinghamshire Police, Nottingham City Council and East Midlands Special Operations Unit, having heard of concerns from faith groups across the county.

After the event the Commissioner commented: “It was an extremely valuable meeting with a lot of very thoughtful discussion with people representing various faiths, including Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities, working together.  Ultimately, if we share a common goal to protect everybody whatever their background, ethnicity, religious belief or colour, we are sending a strong message of unity by working together in this way.”

Revd Anna Alls, one of the faith leaders at the workshop, said: “I was really pleased to attend the workshop around hate crime and security put on for faith leaders by Nottinghamshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner. I feel reassured by what I learned about hate crime and how to report it, as well as feeling more confident about looking out for any suspicious behaviour.

I find real value in learning with people from other faiths, as we learn from each other, but also learn how to better support one another.” 

Dr Irfan Malik added: “The 'Hate Crime Workshop' was an excellent, informative event.  The session highlighted what defines a 'hate crime' and how to report the offence.  It was encouraging that a wide range of faith leaders attended to discuss these important issues which affect all communities.” 

Attendees from a range of faith groups took part in a workshop on Hate Crime, effective measures to tackle it, the need to report it and the support available for victims, which was followed by a presentation and discussion on security delivered by the East Midlands Special Operations Unit which included measures to help people stay safe at home, online, visiting and travelling.

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Posted on Sunday 25th June 2017
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