Police officers, PCSOs, staff and volunteers joined hundreds of people at Chesterfield Pride.
Officers from Chesterfield Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, Special Constables, Police Support Volunteers and staff from our Positive Action Unit went to the event at Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park on Sunday, July 23.
They were on hand to speak to people, raise an awareness of hate crime and act as a point of contact for anyone to raise concerns. They also helped to complete 80 hate crime surveys on behalf of Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Hardyal Dhindsa.
The surveys are to help the PCC assess the true scale of hate crime and to improve services in the future. It will also review any barriers that currently exist to prevent reporting to encourage more victims to come forward and will identify any gaps in support to help him make commissioning decisions.
A hate incident is described as an incident which may or may not be a criminal offence but which the victim thinks is motivated by prejudice or hate. This could be based on age, gender, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, alternate culture or transgender identity.
PC Kelly Brown, Derbyshire Constabulary’s LGBT co-ordinator for North Division, said: “During the last three years the police have been working with the LGBT community in the north of the county to build relationships, encourage the reporting of hate crime and to let the community know that we are there for them and actively encourage them to speak out against hate crime.
“I would like to thank all officers, staff and volunteers who attended the event, which had a very happy feel to it and no crime was reported during the event.”
It was the third year for Chesterfield Pride, and included stalls, fairground rides, and performances.
You can find out more information about hate crime, how to report it and details of support agencies on the Derbyshire police website: www.derbyshire.police.uk.
To report a hate crime to police call 101, except in an emergency when the number is always 999. You can also contact the police anonymously via the Crimestoppers scheme on 0800 555 111.