Northamptonshire Police’s hate crime officer has won a national award.
Rukhsana Bashir was a joint winner of the Law Enforcement Upstander Award at the No2H8 Crime Awards, held in London last night (September 13).
The award was presented by Met Commissioner Cressida Dick and is given to an individual or organisation that has proactively re-enforced the need for members of the public to report hate crimes and incidents, and has shown significant commitment and dedication while investigating hate crimes.
On being presented with the award, Rukhsana said: “I was in shock at being given the award, especially as I was the only regional person to receive it. It was nice to meet Cressida Dick who was great.”
Met police officer Anthony Forsyth also received the award.
As part of her role Rukhsana spends time with colleagues across the force and with partner organisations providing training so they have a better understanding of hate crime and the action that can be taken to tackle it.
She also organises events for the annual hate crime awareness week, which takes place each October.
Deputy Chief Constable Rachel Swann, said: “This award is very well deserved, Rukhsana is a role model. She works tirelessly to take the force forward in managing inclusion, diversity and incidents of hate crime.”
Hate crime is any criminal offence or incident that is perceived by the victim or any other person, whether a witness, friend or family member, as being motivated by prejudice or hate. Reasons for the crime can be based on a person's:
• Race, colour, ethnic origin or nationality
• Religion or faith
• Sexual orientation
• Disability or learning disability
• Gender based hostility
• Individual characteristic that makes someone appear different, eg alternative lifestyle, culture, physical appearance
The actual crime or incident can come in many different forms and to varying degrees of seriousness. Below are just some examples that have been reported to Northamptonshire Police or our partner agencies in the past.
Reports can be made by victims, witnesses, or a friend or family member
By reporting a hate crime or incident, no matter how minor you think it may be, gives us a chance to protect you and others.
If you wish to report a hate crime we always advise that you call Northamptonshire Police on 999immediately if a crime is taking place or on 101. You can also report hate crime by contacting True Vision.