West Yorkshire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire Support Transgender Day of Remembrance (19 Nov 2014)

In recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Thursday, 20 November, West Yorkshire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson are encouraging more people to come forward and report instances of hate crime.

Officers will attend a commemorative event in Bradford along with other partner agencies, support groups and individuals, to remember victims who have lost their lives as a result of their perceived transgendered identity.  

Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Andy Battle said: "Hate crime based on a person's gender identity can have a devastating effect on victims and their families, and West Yorkshire Police take a zero tolerance approach to transphobia. 

"Hate crime of any kind is not acceptable and if people are experiencing or witnessing this kind of behaviour, we want to hear about it.  We all have a responsibility to challenge the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred.  Even if what's happened isn't a criminal offence we still need to know so we can ensure support and advice is offered to those involved and action is taken where appropriate."

West Yorkshire Police has recently introduced a new online reporting system to help encourage victims and witnesses in West Yorkshire to report non-emergency hate incidents to the police.  Information about what hate crime is and how people can report it can be found on the force website.

Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, said: "We understand that victims may be reluctant to come forward for a variety of reasons, but I want to reassure everyone that I will work to ensure that all reports will are taken seriously and we will always put the needs of the victim first.

"I have recently launched a website solely dedicated to victims and witnesses of crime - Help for Victims, www.helpforvictims.co.uk - and will continue to work with West Yorkshire Police, the trans community and support services to better understand their needs and put victims and witnesses at the heart of what we do."

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