What is a Hate Incident Reporting Centre?
Officers at the Council have received specialist training from Essex Police Hate Crime Officers to open as a Hate Incident Reporting Centers (HIRCs).
The centres provide an alternative place to report hate crime and hate incidents, either as a victim or a witness, when people feel uncomfortable reporting directly to the police. The centre will work in collaboration with the police and other partner agencies to provide support and advice on hate crime and join other HIRCs across the county.
A hate crime is any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s, disability, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender identity. This can be committed against a person or property.