Grimsby police officer speaks out about Islamophobia during Hate Crime Awareness Week
As Hate Crime Awareness Week is underway, Humberside Police have spoken out about their plan to “crack down” on hate crime – with Islamophobia being one of the force’s points of focus.
Recent figures show that half of all reported religious hate crime in the UK is experienced by those who are members of the Muslim community.
A spokesperson for the force said: “Humberside Police takes all reports of hate crime seriously. This Hate Crime Awareness Week we want to remind people to call it out and report hate crimes.
“As a force, we want to crack down on all hate crime, but it is important for communities to see themselves represented by those in a position of authority.”
PC Nuha Khan is a Community Beat Manager in Grimsby and has been described as “a visible presence in northern Lincolnshire” who engages with all sectors of the community.
Now, PC Khan has spoken out about the work she does and the issues she encounters, both in a personal and professional capacity.
She also discussed what Humberside Police are doing to tackle hate crime against Muslims.
“I have been racially abused whilst on duty. My mother and sister were also racially abused when I was younger,” she said.
“It has become the norm to pre-judge Muslims due to media coverage in relation to ISIS and now the Taliban and refugees seeking asylum.
“I have engaged with Afghan refugees as I can speak the same language as them.
“Education about cultures is important. Don’t be scared to ask questions. Sometime the key is to engage and explain. From some of the interactions I have had as a PC with some youths, and teaching them about my culture, it has helped them understand.
“The public and community read articles and, as stated, pre-judge. I was called a terrorist numerous times when I was younger but, with a bit of education, this mindset can change.
“From personal experience, Humberside Police is dealing with hate crime really well. I have been a victim of a hate-related public order offence and I had nothing but support.
“My aim is to break down cultural norms and to show that working as a constable is a viable career path.”
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