PC Murray visits LGBT+ club

On Thursday 5th May, PC Scott Murray, the Safer Communities and LGBT Liaison Officer for North Ayrshire paid a visit to the Arran Youth Foundation’s LGBT+ Club which is open to all pupils who attend at Arran High School.

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As part of the visit PC Murray spent time with pupils and spoke about his role as an LGBT Liaison Officer for the police, as well as providing details about what constitutes a hate crime and Police Scotland’s Third Party Reporting service.

A Hate Crime is any criminal offence committed against an individual or property, that is motivated by a person's hatred of someone because of his or her actual or perceived race, religion, transgender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

In order to ensure all victims/witnesses are able to report Hate Crimes, Police Scotland works in partnership with a wide variety of partners who perform the role of Third Party Reporting Centrs. This recognises that in some cases victims/witnesses of Hate Crime do not feel comfortable reporting the matter directly to the police and may be more comfortable reporting it to someone they are familiar with.
Staff within Third Party Reporting Centres are trained by police to assist a victim or witness in submitting a report to the police and can also make such a report on the victim/witnesses behalf.

Graeme Johnston, Youth Work Project Manager for Arran Youth Foundation, commented, “We really appreciated PC Murray coming across and meeting the group. The young folk had loads of questions around hate crime, third party reporting and what work the police do in relation to equality and diversity, so it was really educational. The group enjoyed the chance to meet with a police officer a bit more informally and learn what the police do to support young people in North Ayrshire.”

PC Scott Murray commented, “It was great to be asked along to speak with the group and answer the questions that they had about hate crime and the work being done by the police to tackle this. By working closely with partners and communities we can ensure that people know that hate crime is wrong, against the law and will not be tolerated."

You can report Hate Crime to Police Scotland by telephone (call 101 or dial 999 in an emergency), in person at a police office, at a Third Party Reporting centre or online at: https://www.scotland.police.uk/secureforms/hate-crime