PCC says ‘We Stand Together’ against intolerance

Tim Passmore  has joined the Constabulary to support a national campaign aimed at promoting trust, integration and cohesion within communities.

The ‘We Stand Together’ Campaign is being led by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and police forces across the UK are being asked to come together to promote its message.

The Campaign has been launched as a result of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Denmark which has increased tension in some communities in the UK.

Following conversations with community groups and stakeholders, a group of Chief Officers have developed plans for the campaign, which brings people together to promote cohesion amongst all community groups, especially those fearful of future attacks or hate campaigns.

Greater Manchester Police and the Metropolitan Police will be holding community events in the coming days to launch the campaign, and a nationwide Twitter campaign was launched yesterday, Thursday 4 March.

Today, Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson and Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore publicly pledged their support of the campaign by tweeting their ‘standing together’ image accompanied by #westandtogether.

The Constabulary will now work with community partners to further promote these messages.

Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: “There’s no room in our society for intolerance and prejudice, it’s not the Suffolk way.

“I’m delighted to stand with the Constabulary to support this important campaign and celebrate the diversity of our communities, in Suffolk and nationwide.”

Temporary Chief Constable Gareth Wilson said: “We are proud to support this campaign, which is all about celebrating the many differences that make up our communities in Suffolk and nationwide.

“The Constabulary works with partners through the Suffolk Hate Crime Service to raise awareness of hate crime and its effects, as well as increasing reporting of hate crime across the county.

“All of the work we do is grounded in the ethos of building safe and confident communities and we will do all we can to ensure that this is the case by standing against intolerance.”