National Hate Crime Awareness Week runs until Saturday, October 18 and is aimed at stopping racial offences and encouraging people to report them when they do occur.
Hate crime refers to instances where someone abuses another person because of their race, sexuality, transgender identity, disability and religion or belief.
As part of the effort in Derbyshire, the force’s equality unit and Prevent team have been working together to raise awareness of hate crime and incident reporting in taxi firms, takeaway premises and other locations across the county.
One of the main objectives during the drive is to boost the number of signposting centres in Derbyshire, which give people clear instructions on how to report hate crimes and similar offences.
Derbyshire’s Constabulary’s website recently had a new signposting section introduced to achieve that goal, which can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Signposting/Hate-Crime/What-is-Hate-Crime.aspx
Anyone who wants more information on hate crime can visit that section on the force website or call 101 to report an offence.
You can also find out more information about hate crime by visitingwww.stophateuk.org.