This is an exciting opportunity to become a Hate Crime Ambassador in Essex.
Essex Police has spent several years establishing a network of Hate Crime Ambassadors in Essex. This network includes members of the public or staff within organisations that have been trained to raise awareness of Hate Crime and signpost victims to report Hate Crime. This network was created to increase the reporting of Hate Crime, as this type of crime is underreported.
The role is flexible with work being conducted as and when you are able to. The role involves two responsibilities:
1. Raising awareness of Hate Crime – telling people when appropriate – what a Hate Crime is,
2. Signposting victims you become aware of to report Hate Crime.
As a Hate Crime Ambassador, you will be able to speak confidently to others about what a Hate Crime is and where to report Hate Crime. You can do this by holding conversations with friends/family/colleagues etc., organising events to raise awareness of Hate Crime, helping out at events to raise awareness of Hate Crime, distributing Hate Crime leaflets, providing information to a victim that you might come across, reporting Hate Crime yourself if you witness it or a victim wants you to report it on their behalf. There is no set time that you must allocate to being a Hate Crime Ambassador, nor is this role solely for a specified period. However, we do ask that you are committed to the role and aim to raise awareness of Hate Crime whenever and wherever possible.
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
Monitoring of the role
You will receive regular updates from the Essex Police Hate Crime Officer for your area, as well as support around the role if needed.
You will be asked to provide information on a bimonthtly basis about how many people you have spoken to about Hate Crime and how many victims or witnesses you have provided information to about reporting Hate Crime. This information is for monitoring purposes only.
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 Crime Ambassador network; the aim of the network is to provide local people in Essex with information about hate crime so that they can identity hate crimes and encourage others to report.
Do you also work or volunteer at an organisation? Then you could enquire about your organisation becoming a Hate Incident Reporting Centre! https://www.volunteeressex.org/opportunities/hate-incident-reporting-centre-11989/
What skills do I need?
General interest in tackling Hate Crime
- 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?