LETTER OF THE DAY: Police panel needs your views on hate crime

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I would like to encourage your readers to share their views with the Hampshire Police and Crime Panel, on efforts by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to tackle hate crime.

No-one should have to live in fear of, or be subjected to, incidents motivated by hostility or prejudice which stem from factors such as disability, race and religion.

These hate crimes can have a devastating impact on people’s lives.

Consequently, the Police and Crime Panel is gathering evidence, as part of its role to scrutinise and support the work of the commissioner, to understand the extent of hate crime issues across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight; examine whether the commissioner’s current approach to combating them is succeeding in protecting residents; and identify where improvements can be made.

The value of hearing directly from the people living in Hampshire and Isle of Wight communities is vital – our panel is keen to understand first hand, what residents consider to be working well in tackling hate crime, and what is not.

Residents are invited to answer seven key questions ahead of the panel’s proactive public scrutiny session on April 13, 2018 when the panel will look closely at the effectiveness of the commissioner’s current work in these specific areas.

The questions can be found on our Hampshire Police and Crime Panel webpages at hants.gov.uk/hampshire-pcp.

To make your views known to the panel, please submit your responses by Monday, April 2 2018 via email to members.services@hants.gov.uk or by post, to Democratic and Member Services, Hampshire County Council, Corporate Services (Room 102), Elizabeth II Court South, The Castle, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ.

Cllr David Stewart

Chairman, Hampshire Police and Crime Panel