Police bosses says an academic’s research into religious hate crimes in Lancashire has “started a conversation” in preventing incidents.
A conference at Lancashire Constabulary HQ focused on Dr Paul Iganski’s research, and looked at victim experiences, perceptions of hate crime and the issue of under reporting.
The research was commissioned by Lancashire County Council to gain a greater understanding of ways the county can address issues including under reporting and victim support.
County Coun leader Jennifer Mein said the council recognised the importance of combating hate crime and “doing everything we can to stop it from happening in the first place.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said agencies needed to work together to put a stop to hate crime, adding: “Lancashire is a diverse community made up of people of different ethnicities, faiths and beliefs. This is something we should all be proud of – and it is part of what makes the county such a fantastic place to live.
“Unfortunately we know that, as a result, incidents do occur. This is not something we can shy away from.
“Lancashire Constabulary has the highest positive outcome rate in the country when it comes to dealing with incidents of hate crime, and all frontline officers and staff have received training.”