Stonewall Cymru calls on candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner posts across Wales to promise to tackle homophobic hate crimes. The charity has launched a straightforward website explaining what the new Commissioners mean for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, and encouraging them to vote in the elections on 15 November. Voters can download e-postcards to call on candidates to say what they’ll do to tackle hate crime.
Police and Crime Commissioners will have extensive powers to set local policing priorities. Stonewall research shows homophobic hate crime remains a serious problem in every police force area in Britain, with one in eight lesbian, gay and bisexual people saying they’ve experienced a hate crime or incident. Seven in ten gay people say they didn’t report incidents, a third of whom didn’t think the police would take them seriously. Stonewall Cymru works closely with police forces across Wales to help them work more effectively for all people in their communities, and will engage with newly elected Commissioners to make sure they understand and respond to gay people’s concerns.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Too often gay people are subjected to violence or public humiliation just because of the way they were born, and too often they worry the police won’t do anything about it. No citizen should be allowed to feel unprotected in the face of harassment or intimidation. It’s absolutely essential that gay people engage with Police and Crime Commissioners and have their say on 15 November.’
Stonewall Cymru’s information about Police and Crime Commissioner elections is available at www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/policeelections.
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