Picture of Staff and students from East Durham College yesterday taking part in Durham Constabulary's Hate Crime event at the Peterlee campus

College And Durham Constabulary Join Forces Against Hate Crime

Sun, 2002-09-01 01:00

Staff and students from East Durham College yesterday taking part in Durham Constabulary's Hate Crime event at the Peterlee campus.

East Durham College and Durham Constabulary have joined forces to help raise awareness of hate crimes amongst local young people.

The first of two events was held yesterday at the College’s Peterlee Campus with a second event to be held at the Houghall Campus in Durham tomorrow.

The day consisted of a number of different interactive sessions including talks from guest speakers Mohammed Sadiq, BME Independent Advisory Group Vice Chair, talking about racial hate crime, Emma Roebuck, Chief Officer for Gay Advice Darlington and Durham, covering LGBT hate crime, and Jim Welsh, Chair of Blind Life Durham, speaking on disability hate crime.

Durham Constabulary set up the events to help reinforce positive messages to students and staff at the College by looking to promote local positive images, increase public satisfaction and increase the reporting of hate incidents.

Simone Collpitts, director of teaching and learning at East Durham College, believes the workshops have been great for students as they learnt about an important problem and how to deal with hate crime.

Simone said: “It’s great to be able to work with Durham Constabulary on this event, that has helped to bring some important issues to the attention of our students here at the College.

“We hope this event will reinforce positive messages to both staff and students across all of the East Durham College sites.”

Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner, added: “Reducing the impact of hate crime is one of my personal priorities in my Police and Crime Plan. These events are an excellent example of agencies working together to raise awareness of hate crime, for both staff and students alike.”