Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg will be joining Cornwall Council leader John Pollard and other community leaders to personally sign a pledge to help end hate crime in Cornwall.
Others due to sign their pledge to “Say No To Hate” at the event at New County Hall, in Truro, on Friday include chairman of Safer Cornwall Des Tidbury, Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Superintendent Julie Fielding, interim Cornwall Council chief executive Paul Masters and Rob Cooper, chairman of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board.
“Hate crime is abhorrent and has a huge impact on people’s lives,” Mr Hogg said. “Tackling this is a key part of my police and crime plan for Devon and Cornwall where I have already stated my determination to better understand and respond to crimes motivated by prejudice.
“We must also ensure that people in our communities feel confident in reporting those incidents and give us an accurate picture of where we need to allocate resources.
“We want to work with local communities to make sure that low-level incidents don’t escalate into more serious crime. I am also pledging to build our understanding of the impact on victims, and give them a greater voice.”
Safer Cornwall, a partnership of public and community organisations, has been asking people to pledge their support to the campaign at a series of events in towns across Cornwall after its launch earlier this month.
Pledge events have already taken place in Penzance, Bodmin, Liskeard and St Austell with further events taking place later this month at Falmouth and Newquay on August 19 and Camborne on August 20. The Safer Cornwall website is also hosting an on-line pledge page.
Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet member for homes and communities, will also be signing the pledge at the event on August 16.
He said: “Cornwall is a safe place to be but the sad fact is this kind of hate incident happens all over the country and Cornwall is not immune.
“Hate crime can have enormous impact on people’s lives – physically and emotionally. It can affect a victim’s well-being, it can damage their health and it can affect their outlook on life.
“The problem is that with hate crime, we don’t know the full extent of the problem and that is why we are working with a variety of partners to raise awareness and asking people from across Cornwall to pledge their support either in person at one of the events, or online to Say No To Hate.”