AN AWARD-WINNING local scheme to tackle hate crime has been given a £12,000 boost by Staffordshire’s police tsar to fund its ongoing work.
Chase Against Crimes of Hate, a project providing support to victims of hate crime from Stafford, South Staffordshire and Cannock, has been awarded the grant from Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis’s Proceeds of Crime Fund – formerly the Local Policing Fund.
Commissioner Ellis said: “For the first time, 100 per cent of funding that comes back to Staffordshire Police from proceeds of crime seizures is going directly to local communities.
“Chase Against Crimes of Hate offers an invaluable service for individuals who suffer from hate crime,” he said. “This money will help them continue to deliver crucial frontline support to people who really need it.”
Anna McLauchlan, coordinator of CACH said the organisation was ‘delighted’ to receive the grant to help with its vital work tackling hate crime.
“Hate crime targets the most vulnerable in our society, whether related to disability, race, sexuality, religion or just someone’s appearance,” she said. “This funding will help, not just in supporting victims but also in running information and education programmes which will have a positive and lasting impact on the communities we live in."
She said CACH had seen reports of hate crime increase by 246 per cent over the last 12 months.