HATE crimes can now be reported at libraries – giving victims more opportunity to log incidents privately.
People who have suffered from hate crimes motivated by hostility towards their race, faith, sexual orientation, disability or gender identity can now report the incidents without going to a police station.
Libraries across the county are providing an alternative place where a victim, or someone concerned about a victim, can report incidents without having to speak directly with police.
Staff at libraries in both the city and county will support victims and witnesses, to access the Stop Hate UK service by phone or online.
Insp Ian Davey, diversity manager for Derbyshire police force, said: “Many hate crimes go unreported because victims may feel they don’t want to bother the police, are uncomfortable talking to us or might not want anyone to see an officer visiting their house.”