Speak up against hate crimes, Shire folk urged

Incidents can be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101.
Incidents can be reported to Police Scotland by calling 101.

Victims of hate crime across Aberdeenshire are being urged to make their voices heard and report incidents to the police through a new Scottish Government campaign.

The Speak Up Against Hate Crime campaign will empower those who experience or witness crime based on prejudice against their actual or presumed race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity to report all incidents to Police Scotland.

Reporting hate crime will help tackle the abuse, send out a clear message to perpetrators of the unacceptability of their actions and work towards preventing acts of hate happening to others.

The Scottish Government is working in partnership with key organisations, agencies and communities across Scotland – including Police Scotland, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity and religious organisations – to raise awareness among those affected by hate crime.

At Police Scotland, local policing divisions are working alongside a number of national specialist organisations gathering intelligence on people suspected of committing a hate crime. Every piece of information shared is building a bigger picture of the various levels of criminal activity.

Community Safety Minister Roseanna Cunningham said: “Hate crime can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities and there’s no place for these incidents in our country.

“It’s extremely important for victims or witnesses of hate crime to speak up and have their voices heard. We take a zero tolerance approach to incidents of hate and Police Scotland is working hard to gather information on people suspected of committing hate crime acts.”