Project puts hate crime in the Spotlight

Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.
Richard Rhodes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria.

A new rehabilitation programme will ‘Turn the Spotlight’ on hate crime across Cumbria.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is pleased to announce that a new programme has been launched to help and support individuals who have been perpetrators of hate crimes/incidents or are at risk of offending, to move away from prejudice-based offending behaviours.

The Commissioner secured funding for the programme through the Home Office Police Innovation Fund.

The ‘Turning the Spotlight’ programme will tackle prejudice, and aims to reduce hate crime and hate incidents, and foster good relations by helping individuals to reflect on actions and attitudes that harm people from diverse communities.

With the support of a mentor, each programme participant will gain a better understanding of different types of communities across Cumbria and their diverse cultures, inequalities and strengths, with an introduction to tackling hate crime and reducing reoffending.

Police and Crime Commissioner Richard Rhodes said: “I was keen to support this project because I firmly believe that education and awareness raising activities are key if we are to tackle hate crime in the county.

“Any crime is unacceptable, but hate crime in particular has such a dramatic impact on people’s lives that we need to work hard with partners to address it.”