Hate crime and terrorism

Current world events have demonstrated causal links between terrorist attacks and increased reporting of hate crimes. Following both the September 11 attacks in 2001 and the London train bombings in 2005 there was a marked increase in the number of reported attacks against individuals and premises based on ethnicity or religious belief.

What is a hate crime?

In simple terms a hate crime is any crime that is committed where the motivation was wholly or partly motivated by a bias or prejudice towards a person from or believed to be from an identified group.

What is the NSW Police Force position in relation to hate crimes?

It is the position of the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force to safeguard the rights of all individuals irrespective of their race, religion, ethnic background, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. Any acts or threats of violence, property damage, harassment, intimidation or other crimes designed to infringe upon these rights are viewed seriously by the NSW Police Force and will be dealt with appropriately.

What is the NSW Police Force response to hate crime?

The NSW Police Force takes hate crime seriously and as such is continually updating and improving its response to these incidents. To assist in this the NSW Police Force has recently created the position of Hate Crime Coordinator within the Community Contact Unit, Counter Terrorism & Special Tactics Command.

What does the Hate Crime Coordinator do?

The primary role of the Hate Crime Coordinator is to coordinate the response to hate crimes by the NSW Police Force. This will be achieved through the development and implementation of hate crimes policy, the review and monitoring of investigations, the collection and analysis of statistics and information, and the training and education of both police and the community in relation to hate crimes.

What other initiatives have the NSW Police Force undertaken in relation to hate crime?

The NSW Police Force has a number of initiatives to not only respond to hate crimes but also to improve relations with various community groups. The main initiative undertaken by the NSW Police Force is the use of community liaison officers to assist police interacting with the community.

Community liaison officers are broken into three categories:

  1. Ethnic Community Liaison Officers (ECLO)
    The ECLO program employs civilian officers, from the various cultural and linguistically diverse communities of NSW, at the local level to work with communities and police. The role of the ECLO is to strengthen links between the community and police by facilitating communication and interaction between police and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. ECLOs are important in identifying local priorities for police and communities.
  2. Aboriginal Community Liaison Officers (ACLO)
    The ACLO program employs civilian officers from Aboriginal communities to assist in developing, implementing and monitoring programs that bring about positive outcomes between police and the Aboriginal community. ACLOs also work to reduce tensions between police and Aboriginal people by enhancing understanding of policing roles and ensuring that police remain well aware of local Aboriginal issues.
  3. Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLO)
    The GLLO program utilises NSW Police Force officers to establish and maintain effective communication and networking between the NSW Police Force and the gay and lesbian community. GLLOs also provide educational support to police on gay and lesbian issues.
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