A new drop-in centre to provide support to those in Kensington and Chelsea who experience any type of Hate Crime opened 22nd June.

PC Kirstie Miller, the diversity officer for Kensington and Chelsea Police has teamed up with Joanna Davidson, service delivery manager for Victim Support to introduce the new Hate Crime outreach programme.

From today, the drop-in centre will be held at Kensington Town Hall every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm with the aim to support and encourage victims of hate crime to come forward and feel confident in reporting any offences to the team.

PC Kirstie Miller said: "Any type of hate crime is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated in Kensington and Chelsea.

"The purpose of these sessions is to provide confidential help and support to victims of hate crime and to encourage people to report incidents to us.
"The launch of today's weekly drop-in centre alongside out partner Victim Support shows our commitment to working with outside agencies to increase the public confidence in the reporting of hate crime."

Joanna Davidson from Kensington and Chelsea Victim Support, said: "This is a prime example of successful partnership work between Victim Support and Met Police to promote our outreach service provisions for victims of hate crime in Kensington and Chelsea"

Sgt Chris Piper from the Community Safety Team, added: "I am very proud of all the work PC Miller has done in setting up this very important service. It shows that the Police can work together with other agencies to provide a better service to victims of hate crime."

The drop-in centre will be held every Thursday between 2pm and 4pm inside the customer services centre at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall in Hornton Street, W8.

All reporting is confidential. You can speak to one of the team by calling 101 and asking to be put through to a member of the Kensington and Chelsea Community Safety Team. In an emergency always call 999.

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