South Wales Police is doing a good job in tackling hate crime, according to the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Sophie Howe.
Speaking as part of the Hate Crime Awareness Week, Mrs Howe, said: “Since starting in this role, I have had the chance to speak to many people within partner organisations and Welsh Government, as well as the general public. The message coming through to me is very strong – South Wales Police has done a good job so far in tackling hate crime in our communities.
“What must be remembered is that hate crime doesn’t solely mean those which are racially motivated. It includes crimes and incidents occurring as a result of someone’s age, disability, faith, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, as well as ethnicity.
“As well as tackling hate crime, South Wales Police is trying to encourage more people to report any incidents – whether they have been a victim of it, or a witness.
“Our message is clear – reporting makes a difference to you, your friends and your life.”
Hate crime can be reported in a number of ways, including to the police directly, either through 999 in an emergency, or 101 in a non-emergency, through Crimestoppers, or online at www.saferwales.com.
Mrs Howe continued: “But we cannot afford to become complacent, which is why I have asked for a review on the hate crime work. I want to have a full understanding of what is working well, and what lessons can be learnt from this for future improvements.”