Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
race or ethnicity
religion or belief
If you or anyone is affected by a hate crime, you should report it. By reporting these incidents, you may be able to prevent them happening to others and you will help the police understand the extent of the crime in the local area. You can find out more about Hate Crime on the True Vision website or on the Surrey Community Safety website.
You can report in confidence in one of the following ways
Through True Vision, the third party reporting system.
Call Surrey Police on 101, or in an emergency dial 999.
Call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Elmbridge has a long established history of promoting and developing a robust Equality and Diversity agenda. We were the first Borough in Surrey to set up a borough based Equality and Diversity Forum in 2007 which comprises representatives from statutory, voluntary, community and faith sector organisations as well as individuals with an interest with Equality and diversity issues in Elmbridge.
The forums remit covers all areas where inequality and discrimination may exist (known now as protected characteristics) and includes age, disability, sex, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and transgender identity as well as other broader equality issues.
It’s mission statement is ‘to promote equality, celebrate diversity and support good relations in Elmbridge’
Elmbridge Borough Council passed the below motion at its meeting on 20 July 2016:
"We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. We, Elmbridge Borough Council, condemn racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable."
"Elmbridge Borough Council will work to ensure local bodies and programmes have support and resources needed to fight and prevent racism and xenophobia."
"We reassure all people living in Elmbridge that they are valued members of our community."
Proposers: Councillors Mrs Mary Marshall and Mrs Christine Elmer
Seconder: Councillor Stuart Selleck