A special Column for community and Police issues.
Black History exhibition in West London
Local school children in West London were given a rare insight into Black History as they toured an exhibition hosted by the Metropolitan Police Service.
The exhibition included images and stories loaned from the Black Cultural Archives covering the history of black footballers, actors and the Black Presence in London, a history from 16th Century to modern times.
Children in their last year at Fulham Primary and Normand Park Primary Schools took part on the day with sixty pupils in total attending.
In addition to the exhibition there were a series of challenging workshops:
• The Real Hip-Hop Workshop looked at how to promote community cohesion and dispel the negative imagery connected to some elements of rap culture. It was led by Ian Soloman, project director of 'FURIOUS' at the Pan Center of Intercultural Arts.
• The 'Show Racism the Red Card' charity brought their patron ex-Chelsea FC footballer
Paul Canoville, the first Black footballer to play professionally for Chelsea FC. He joined the Met's PC Ikeazor to show an educational DVD and then answer questions around racism in football and policing.
• The Black Cultural Archives workshop aimed to engage the pupils with the Black History exhibitions on display.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Rose Fitzpatrick who heads the Diversity and Citizen
Focus Directorate and opened the day's activities said: "It is great to welcome young citizens to this event, to share this wealth of cultural history, personal experience and to debate today's important issues.
"Black History Month is a time of celebration and reflection for the MPS. We believe our
diverse workforce in key to delivering quality policing and making London the safest major city worldwide for everyone we serve."
Reporting Hate Crime Information
The Metropolitan Police Service takes hate crime very seriously and encourages members of all communities to report incidents to the police. Even if the incident does not amount to a crime the police will still record and investigate it.
A hate crime is where you become a victim of any crime or prejudice because of your race, faith, age, sexual orientation, gender or because you have a disability.
You do not have to prove that the incident or crime was motivated by prejudice, if you or any other person believes that it was then it will be dealt with as a hate crime. Because of the nature of hate crime, victims often find it difficult to report it to the police and in many cases criminals take advantage of this fact thinking that they commit crime and it won’t be reported.
Consequently we have developed a number of options that we hope will make it easier for you to report hate crime to the police. It is also important to remember that some of the options allow you to report to the police anonymously and we would encourage you to do that in any event.
The more information we have about hate crime, the greater the opportunities we have to tackle it most effectively.
The following are ways that you can report hate crime to the police:
Requesting police attendance
You can find details of your local police station in your local telephone directory. You can ring and ask for a police officer to attend and take a report of your hate crime incident or crime.
However there is an enormous demand for policing services and all calls are graded and prioritized according to their seriousness.
The police will tell you when you can expect the police to arrive but this may not be immediately or even on the same day, it may be referred to a local police officer to contact you and make an appointment to see you at a mutually convenient time.
You can find details of your local police station in your local telephone directory, at your local library or on the Metropolitan Police Service website at
www.met.police.uk Please note that not all our police stations are open 24 hours, please check the opening hours before going to the police station. These are available from the website.
You can report a hate crime incident or crime to any police station at any time. Please ensure that you take any relevant documentation with you [for example hate mail if you have received it] as we may need to retain it as evidence.
Our police stations can be busy so you may have to wait your turn to be seen by a member of police staff and please allow at least half an hour to make the report.
If you live outside London you can still report to your local police station wherever you live. The importance of hate crime is recognised by all police forces and they will take your details and forward them to us, the Metropolitan Police Service in London.
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