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Our Quality of Life team accredited as hate crime ambassadors

QOL accredited as hate crime ambassadors We are delighted to announce that members of our Quality of Life team have been accredited as hate crime ambassadors by Essex Police.

The event, held at our office in Chelmsford, saw members of the Quality of Life team awarded certificates from their training with Essex Police, accrediting them as hate crime ambassadors.

The training was delivered by Essex Police, helping participants to identify and support victims of hate crime. This training means ambassadors can guide victims to appropriate support or report to the Police.

Hate crime is greatly unreported, with figures from the 2011 Crime Survey of England and Wales identifying only 15 percent of hate crimes/hate incident reported. In some cases, victims may not be aware they have been a target of hate crime, and others may fear reprisals from reporting the incident.

District Commander Chief Inspector Ronnie Egan presented the certificates to the new hate crime ambassadors, she said: “We are pleased to see so many new hate crime ambassadors here today. We have been pleased with the feedback our relatively new scheme has already had, and we are hopeful we can train others throughout Essex. Hate crime has a history of being underreported and so having trained ambassadors with an understanding of support available is very valuable.”

Terri Cochrane, Assistant Director of Housing Management at CHP said: “I’m proud that so many staff members completed the training and are now hate crime ambassadors. Understanding the impact of hate crime is essential for supporting our residents. They may be victims of hate crime, and they must have confidence in us to help them find the appropriate support or to assist victims in reporting to Essex Police.

“CHP are independent from the police and this may be important to the victim. They may just want to share what happened with someone but don’t want to report to the police. We are happy to listen to their concerns and decide with them how best to move forward.”

If you think you have been a victim of a hate crime, you can contact us on 0300 555 0500 and ask to speak to a hate crime ambassador.

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