Force leads way in tackling hate crime

Chief Supt Stuart Noble.

Chief Supt Stuart Noble.

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Lancashire Constabulary has been shortlisted for a new national diversity award.

The force is nominated in the Public Company Award category of the Excellence in Diversity Awards, in recognition of public sector organisations that excel in the field of diversity and inclusion.

Nominations for this award were open to the public earlier this year with the constabulary being shortlisted from 600 suggestions.

Diversity lead for Lancashire Police Ch Supt Stuart Noble said: “It is great to have been shortlisted and therefore recognised as one of the leading public sector organisations nationally.

“As a force we are currently refreshing our Equality and Diversity Strategy further focusing on inclusion and valuing difference, which is reflective of the diverseness of our own staff and the communities which we serve across Lancashire.

“Practically, we continue to hold regular practitioner meetings to discuss and share best practice and are continuing our work in conjunction with the Strategic Hate Crime Group around improving third party reporting centres.

Lancashire Constabulary has led the way in dealing with issues including hate crime, with all frontline officers trained to deal with crimes committed against people because of their religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender.

A hate crime summit was held at Lancashire Police’s headquarters in Hutton last summer, to discuss ways the county can work together to tackle hate crime and address issues around under-reporting and support for victims.

Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: “I am delighted that Lancashire Constabulary has been recognised for its diversity and the work that is being done to make the county inclusive and vibrant.

“Lancashire is a diverse community made up of people of different ethnicities, faiths and beliefs. This is something we should all be proud of – and it is part of what makes the county such a fantastic place to live.

“As Police and Crime Commissioner, it is my job to provide a local link between the police and our diverse communities, listening to and representing all communities across Lancashire.

“Working in this way allows local people and the police to make our lives safer and more secure.”

The winner will be announced at a special ceremony hosted at The Midland hotel in Manchester today, May 14.