Hate Incident Reporting Centre

This is an exciting opportunity for your organisation to become a Hate Incident Reporting Centre.

 

If your organisation interacts with members of the public, has a physical office and a private room, Essex Police want your organisation to become a Hate Incident Reporting Centre. Hate Incident Reporting Centres or HIRCs are community venues where victims and witnesses can go to report hate crime.

 

 

The role

If your organisation decides to become a Hate Incident Reporting Centre, elected members of staff will be trained to:

•        Raise awareness of hate crime – telling people when appropriate – what a hate crime is

•        Signpost victims you become aware of to report hate crime

•        Give basic safety advice to victims

•        Support victims to report Hate Crimes

•        Signpost victims to support services

 

 

Prepartion for the role

You will receive half day training from an Essex Police Hate Crime Officer. This training will cover:

•        an awareness of what Hate Crime is

•        how you can support victims to report Hate Crime

•        basic safety advice for victims

•        general signposting to support victims

 

If you would like your organisation to become a Hate Incident Reporting Centre, your organisation must have:

•        At least two Hate Crime Ambassadors that will be trained by Essex Police (they don’t have to be there all the time)

•        Telephone access to assist reporting/signposting

•        Online access to assist reporting/signposting

•        A visit to the your premises by one of the Essex Police Hate Crime Officers so we can be satisfied it would be a suitable location


What is ‘Hate Crime’?

A Hate Crime is any crime or incident perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards their actual or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity.

 

Hate Crime can take many forms such as:

•        threat of, or actual physical assault

•        verbal abuse

•        intimidating behaviour and harassment including email, online and social media

•        damage to property

•        offensive leaflets, posters or graffiti

•        inciting others to commit hate crime, including on social media platforms.

 

Hate Crime involves targeting someone because of who they or who they are perceived to be. As it is targeted againt a person’s identity, it can have a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing. It can also impact the person’s family, friends and wider community, particularly if those around them have a similar identity.

 

Despite the impact of hate crime, it is largely underreported. This is for a number of reasons, but typically because people do not want to speak to the police, cannot access a police station, do not know how to report or are targeted too frequently which discourages them from reporting. This is why Essex Police started the Hate Incident Reporting Centre network. The aim of the network is to provide local people in Essex with the access and opportunity to report hate crimes to organisations that separate from the police.

  

Skills

General interest in tackling Hate Crime. 

If you would like your organisation to become a Hate Incident Reporting Centre, your organisation must have:

•        At least two Hate Crime Ambassadors that will be trained by Essex Police (they don’t have to be there all the time)

•        Telephone access to assist reporting/signposting

•        Online access to assist reporting/signposting

•        A visit to the your premises by one of the Essex Police Hate Crime Officers so we can be satisfied it would be a suitable location

 



Details

  • Accessibility
  • Data Protection policy
  • DBS check required
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Suitable for under 18s
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Availability Details

Flexible


Location

This opportunity is available Countywide.


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