POLICE chiefs are looking at ways of tackling hate crime in West Yorkshire.
Newly-elected West Yorkshire Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has met with voluntary groups to discuss issues surrounding hate crime after a survey revealed it as a problem in the region.
Mr Burns-Williamson, said: “We had a fantastic response for this from all over West Yorkshire.
“Hate crime is a serious issue that can make victims’ lives a misery.
“Hearing the views of everyone present and the solutions for improving the reporting and handling has helped me to identify my priorities for tackling hate crime with the police and partner agencies.”
He said the feedback would feature in his first Police and Crime Plan, due to be published in the next few weeks.
Maggie Graham, Regional Campaigns Officer for Mencap, attended the event and thanked Mr Burns-Williamson for the opportunity to raise their concerns.
She said: “It has been good to work with West Yorkshire Police since the launch of the Stand By Me Campaign and I am genuinely impressed by the efforts being made to improve disability hate crime reporting and police support.”