The theme of this year's Police Scotland Hate Crime campaign will be the night time economy - specifically to increase reporting of hate crime by people working in the night time economy.
Running until 10th March, this year's campaign will focus on raising awareness of Hate crime and helping people who have been targeted – because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity – to see that there is a serious level of Police support available to them.
Reporting hate crime is important. If you report it we can deal with it, we can try to prevent the same thing happening to someone else – together we can work to rid Scotland of hate.
Police Scotland website
Within the night time economy sector, the available data and information indicates that certain occupations feature prominently in reported incidents and will be Police Scotland's key target-audience for the campaign:
- Security Staff at retail premises and licensed premises
- Taxi drivers and private hire car drivers
- Staff at convenience and hot food premises
To support the campaign, Police Scotland have made contact with a number of trade organisations and bodies linked to the night time economy who have agreed to support the campaign, including SGL, British Transport Police, the Licensed Trade Association, Taxi Federation, Ambulance Service, and other private organisations such as Just Eat, Uber and Uber Eats.
The key messages of this year's campaign are:
Regardless of your occupation, no matter the circumstances – the where or when – Hate Crime is never acceptable and should be reported.
If you report a Hate crime, you will be taken very seriously; it will be fully investigated and you will be treated with respect. Police Scotland want to encourage anyone who has witnessed or been the victim of Hate crime to report it.
Hate crime can have a long lasting impact on the victim, witnesses and wider communities; what may seem to you like a minor incident can have a major impact.
You can help victims, communities and the Police by reporting Hate crime.
It is only through reporting Hate crimes that Police Scotland can form a more complete picture of the issue and address it in the most robust manner possible.
Encouraging Hate Crime Reporting
There are a number of reasons why people don't report Hate crimes. It shouldn't just be part of life, it's not part of someone's job and alcohol is no excuse. Hate crime is never acceptable and won't be tolerated.
People across Scotland are being asked to play their part in tackling Hate crime.
Let victims know you don't condone it and they're not alone – help Police Scotland tackle Hate crime by speaking up and reporting offences.
Please do not be a bystander.
If you witness a Hate crime, don't ignore it. If the incident makes you feel uncomfortable or it seems wrong, it probably is.
Reporting a Hate crime is easier than you think.
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