POLICE officers will take part in a series of events across Sefton this week as part of an anti-hate crime initiative.
Through a partnership with Sefton Council, officers from Merseyside Police will carry out a targeted leaflet drop in key hot spot areas to encourage people to report hate crimes.
They will also deliver hate crime awareness training to students at Hugh Baird College, St Bedford Road Primary, Sacred Heart School in Crosby and Sefton Youth Detachment Workers.
They will also attend ‘People’s First’ events in Sefton and a coffee morning at Venus Women’s Centre to talk about the issue.
It is all part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
Superintendent Sarah Kenwright said: “Merseyside has a reputation for being a welcoming, friendly place and there is no place here for hate crime.
“If you are aware of a repeat offender on your street, of an individual or family who are being subjected to hate, or if you see anything online or while out and about, please tell us. We want to actively encourage our communities to be our eyes and ears and firmly believe they play a crucial role in spotting and reporting a hate crime.
“I would also urge any victim of hate crime in Merseyside to please come forward. It is vital that we give our support to anyone who believes they have been subjected to abuse or left in fear because of who they are, and I want to reassure the public that we will take action against those responsible.
“We have officers and staff dedicated to protecting victims of hate crime who will make sure you will be supported at every step as sensitively as possible.”
A spokesperson for Sefton Council said: "We want to do everything we can to send the message out that Hate Crime will not be tolerated in Sefton and to give people the confidence to report abuse and not suffer in silence.”