CHILDREN at schools in South Derbyshire have been part of special sessions to raise awareness of hate crimes.
Derbyshire Police and the Safer South Derbyshire Partnership have been visiting schools across the area in a bid to make youngsters more aware of what is and what is not classed as a hate crime.
This comes after officers uncovered the fact that hate crime related crimes were going unreported across the district.
A spokesman for the partnership said: “During the past six months, the partnership have been involved in raising awareness of disability hate crime among disability groups within the district.
“This was initially done to provide people with information so that they could identify if they were the victim of a hate crime or incident and equip them with phone numbers of agencies that could help.
“It soon transpired that there were many incidents happening in the district that were going unreported but were also being witnessed by members of the public and not being challenged.
“As a result, we decided to work in partnership with the Shout Out group (which is a forum for disabled people in the area) to provide awareness sessions in schools, starting with Granville Sports College, in Burton Road, Woodville.
“We are also hoping to put together an educational DVD that would feature members of the Shout Out group talking about their experiences of being disabled and being victims of hate crime and hate incidents.
“We are currently looking at the funding options for this project.”
More information is now available online at http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Hate-Crime/What-is-Hate-Crime.aspx