National plans to record hate crimes against Muslims separately have been welcomed by the PCC (13 Oct 2015)

National plans to record hate crimes against Muslims separately have been welcomed by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner - as it will bring other police services in line with what happens already in the county.

In October 2014 Mark Burns-Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Commissioner worked closely with the Chief Constable to ensure a number of sub categories for the recording of faith (and disability) hate crimes were introduced. This helps to give West Yorkshire Police a better understanding of the impact of national and international evens on local communities. It also helps to improve and target services for victims.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said: "Hate crime in any form is unacceptable and raising awareness of it and how to report it is a key priority in the Police and Crime Plan.

"I want victims and witnesses to have the confidence to be able to come forward and report it and recognising the different strands of hate crime is important to increasing confidence.

"I of course welcome the Government plans to bring other areas in line with West Yorkshire."

The Police and Crime Commissioner joined West Yorkshire Police last night (Monday 12 October) in a web chat about Hate Crime.

Over 40 members of the public 'tuned in' live to the 'Hate Hurts' web chat which coincided with the launch of the joint 'Hate Hurts' Campaign to highlight the issue of hate crime.

The campaign launch coincided with national Hate Crime Awareness Week which started on Saturday 10 October. It aims to give people a better understanding of what hate crime is and what they can do about it.

The Police and Crime Commissioner added:

"This is a very important campaign and shows how seriously my office and West Yorkshire Police treat the issue.

"Web chats like that on Monday night are important as they give people the opportunity for people to communicate with me and the Police in a different way.

"There were all kinds of questions last night, ranging from how people can seek help from third party reporting centres (in addition to contacting the Police) and how West Yorkshire Police can reassure worried victims."

The web chat session can be replayed on the Force website:

Anyone with information about a hate incident is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, online at or or in person at a police station.

Alternatively, there are independent Hate Incident Reporting Centres (HIRCs) across West Yorkshire for anyone who does not want to speak directly to the police. To find your nearest centre visit the West Yorkshire Police website.


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