COLLEGE students were encouraged to report hate crimes to police during a meeting with the man tasked with tackling the issue.
The district’s hate crime co-ordinator PC Chris Nicholson spoke to 250 students at Thomas Rotherham College about hate crime and how the force was tackling the issue.
PC Nicholson said: “The ultimate goal of this engagement activity and awareness work in both Rotherham and the rest of South Yorkshire is to encourage victims and witnesses to report hate and enable us to work to stop it.
“As well as taking action against hate, we are also working to develop our understanding of the impact hate crime has on victims and the support and reporting methods they find most useful.
“By holding engagement events and working in partnership with local organisations such as Thomas Rotherham College, we are able to gain this understanding and improve and tailor our responses using the feedback gathered.
“This partnership work will now continue and I would like to offer my reassurance that hate crimes are not tolerated in South Yorkshire and we will always take action to stop it.”
To report a hate crime call 101.
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