Hate Crime Officers
Hertfordshire Constabulary has a
dedicated team of Hate Crime Officers (HCOs) who
offer support to victims and provide specialist guidance to police
officers who are investigating hate crimes.
HCOs deal with hate crime and hate
incidents exclusively meaning that they are well equipped to
understand many of the concerns faced by victims and witnesses.
They treat victims with respect and in confidence.
HCOs have a range of other duties
as well, including:
- Leading on more complex or protracted hate
- Working with partners such as schools or
housing providers to help educate or tackle particular issues
- Overseeing mediation between victims and
offenders, if appropriate
- Helping to manage community relations or
- Giving confidential advice on the options
available to victims and talking them through the possible
- Supporting victims if it goes to court, by
explaining the process, taking steps to help them follow what's
going on during court hearings if it is needed, and helping with
victim impact statements
- Signposting victims to charities and other
organisations where they can get further advice
- They can also help identify any particular
needs of offenders that relate to their offending – such as mental
- They also help train the growing number of
third party reporting centres around Hertfordshire.
Hate Crime Officers Irfan Ishaq and Sam
Bailey explain more about their role