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New campaign launched to help tackle hate crime in the West Midlands

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Safer Travel has relaunched an anti-hate crime campaign to encourage passengers to notify the necessary authorities if they are victims of hate crime during their journey.

Following the success of the original campaign, which was launched almost two years ago by the Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson, and Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, Safer Travel worked with partners to refresh the materials which are planned to be in place for a further 12 months.

Officers involved in the scheme plan to conduct joint training with safety managers from National Express West Midlands to help Transport staff in their efforts to deal with hate crimes. The training will cover how to recognise a hate crime; what a team should do if they are victims of a hate incident; where they can go for support; and how to support passengers if a hate incident occurs during their duties.

David Jamieson said: “Hate crime has been on the rise in our communities. Through this campaign, we have been encouraging anyone who is a victim of a hate crime while on our Transport Network to come forward and report it.

“West Midlands Police will continue to take action against those who feel it is acceptable to commit these crimes on the Transport Network. It will never be tolerated.”

Since the campaign was first launched in February 2019, over 380 hate crimes have been recorded across the West Midlands bus network. In the first month after the launch, reports doubled compared with the previous month.

With this increase in hate crime awareness and reporting, Safer Travel can build a more authentic and more accurate intelligence picture to put officers in areas where they are needed most.

The campaign is featured on over 300 National Express West Midlands buses and 12 bus stations across the region. The posters aim to increase awareness of hate crime, and point victims to West Midlands Police and the partner organisations where victims can also report –  TellMama, CST, and TrueVision.

For more support or advice about hate crime, visit the West Midlands Police website at www.west-midlands.police.uk

 

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