[T]oday (31st March 2017) marks the 8th International Transgender day of Visibility.
The goal of the day is to celebrate life and transgender accomplishments while raising awareness of the discrimination that faces trans people on a daily basis.
Cumbria Constabulary fully support International Transgender day of Visibility and would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness of Hate Crime including Transphobic Hate Crime.
PC Ian Garratt, Chair of the Cumbria Police Pride Network, said: “Cumbria Constabulary and police forces around the country have never been so positive and receptive to transgender issues than today.
“However, there remains a great deal of work still to do to make sure we continue to connect with this section of our community – a section which may traditionally have not felt like it has a relationship with the police.
“Modern police forces are far more diverse than in years gone by and Cumbria Constabulary is committed to working to both encourage greater reporting of hate crime and reduce the amount of hate crime which is taking place.”
Cumbria Constabulary encourages the reporting of hate crime and has a number of options available to people to encourage victims to come forward and report.
Superintendent Gary Slater said: “Everyone deserves to live their lives without fear of reproach and to be treated with respect and dignity.
“Anyone who is subject to a hate crime in Cumbria has a wide range of reporting options open to them. We are committed to continuing to tackle transgender hate crime and would urge people who feel they have been a victim, or have witnessed someone else being a victim of any kind of hate crime, to come forward safe in the knowledge that the information they give us will be acted upon.”
Such reports can be reported via True Vision via an online form or the True Vision App. People can also choose to visit one of the many Reporting Centres in the county. Reports can also be made online directly to Cumbria Constabulary or via traditional 101 or 999 emergency methods.
PC Ian Garratt continued: “It is important that the public realises that LGBT issues are at the heart of policing in Cumbria, not just out in the community but internally within the force too.
“I chair the Cumbria Police Pride Network which gives a platform for officers to discuss LGBT issues and look at ways that improvements can be made.”
Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said: “We are committed in Cumbria to doing what we can to engage with all sectors of our communities, including working with LGBT groups to look at how we can improve relationships and promote awareness. We have also done a lot of work to help people to understand if they have been a victim of hate-crime, and what steps can be taken to come forward and report it. I really want people to know this must result in commitment and not just talk.
“Any crime is unacceptable, but hate crime in particular has such a dramatic impact on people’s lives, and it undermines our communities. I would strongly encourage anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate crime or hate incident to come forward and report it and I can assure you it will be treated seriously. This is the only way we can stamp out hate crime in the county.”
Find out more about the different options available to report a Hate Incident/Crime.