Bolton Wanderers: Police provide training on recording hate crimes

Police have helped Bolton Wanderers become a ‘hate crime registry’ to make sure people know that ‘being targeted for who you are is wrong’.

It comes after officers, alongside council officials, have provided hate crime training to 60 Wanderers staff since May this year.

The training means Bolton Wanderers can become an official hate crime registration centre, meaning victims can report an incident and continue to receive help if they don’t feel comfortable going directly to the police.

Detective Superintendent Chris Bridge, Hate Crimes Officer at Bolton, said: ‘Being targeted for who you are is wrong and will not be tolerated by GMP.

“While we encourage victims to report hate crimes to us and we are committed to treating such reports seriously and treating victims with empathy, we recognize that for many different reasons victims may not want to come forward. directly to the police.

“That’s why it’s important that we work with partners to ensure that there are third-party reporting centers, equipped with the appropriate training and support for these victims.”

“The training that our Bolton officers have provided to Bolton Wanderers is a really positive step.”

The training has been provided to matchday stewards, stadium hotel staff and mentors from the Bolton charity group Wanderers in the Community, which now means victims of hate crime can report it to staff members.

Bolton Wanderers chief executive Neil Hart said: “We want to play our part in tackling hate crime and thanks to the training that has taken place we can now confidently support victims who report crimes. hatred to our staff.”

As such, council officials hope it will help stamp out hate crimes across the borough.

Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, Cllr Mudasir Dean, said: “Hate crime has no place in Bolton and the council takes a zero tolerance approach to those who seek to undermine community cohesion.

“The most effective way to combat hate crimes is to speak out and report them wherever they occur.

“Thanks to initiatives like this, there are more places than ever where victims can find the support, advice and comfort they need.”

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