Door supervisors in Lancaster and Morecambe are bidding to make hate crime a thing of the past thanks to a new training course.
Forty door supervisors from five different companies have taken part in a free pilot training programme on to how to recognise and report all forms of hate crime. This includes race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability or lifestyle and dress code.
The aim of the training programme was to increase safety in city centres, making sure that people are free to enjoy themselves without the threat of abuse.
Rebecca Oughton, a disabled Lancaster resident who was a victim of a hate crime in a club, attended a special event on Thursday at the Storey Institute in Lancaster to mark the success of the pilot programme.
“It’s an amazing thing,” she commented on the training.
“These door supervisors have given up a lot of their own time to learn and it’s a credit to them and the Lancashire Constabulary that they show so much commitment to tackling hate crime. It would be great if the programme could become a model used nationally.”
Hate crime is a serious threat in our town and city centres. The Wyre and Lancaster District Hate Crime Project, in partnership with Race Hate Awareness and Prevention, have created a programme that helps those who are often in a position to witness, or even be a victim of, hate crime and provide training on how to deal with the situation.
The initiative is the first of its kind in the UK and will now be rolled out across Lancashire by Preston and Western Lancashire Race Equality Council. The Wyre and Lancaster District Hate Crime Project is funded by Big Lottery, Lancaster City Council and Wyre Council.
- Disabilityonline (14 07 2012) Hate Crime and Door Supervisor Presentation
- Lancaster City Council (13 07 2012) Door Supervisors enter the battle against Hate Crime
- Lancaster City Council – what is a hate crime?
- Lancaster City Council – online hate crime reporting form
- Wyre and Lancaster District Hate Crime project website