New animations to prevent hate crime

2 August 2019 Posted by

Police Officers PC Kevin Silver and Sgt Jules Jamaa Ben M’Hand working within the Diverse Communities Team in Cornwall have been working with students at Falmouth University to produce a series of animations created to promote awareness of hate crime.

The first of the animations were launched on the Devon and Cornwall website and utilised with a social media campaign in support of  Stephen Lawrence Day on 22nd April 2019, Devon & Cornwall Police.

PS Jules Jamaa Ben M’H and from Devon and Cornwall Police said “It was fitting on the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day to showcase the talents of a group of young people studying animation at Falmouth University. This was the first of a series of films that have been made to be published and will be used by police and the wider community, aimed at raising awareness of different types of hate crime and incidents and to encourage the reporting to police”. 

This first short film published  is entitled: “APPLE”, it uses animation to show how a people can be discriminated against because of their race, religion or disability.


 

PC Silver from Devon and Cornwall Police said: “As a force we have a zero tolerance to Hate Crime of any type.  We are continually working with partners and community groups to help educate and raise awareness around this crime with the overall aim to prevent and reduce the number of people being victims.

“The project with students at the Falmouth University has given us some really interesting and new approaches to communicate our message and we are hoping by encouraging people to watch the animation they will have a better understanding and tolerance to people and prevent further incidents. I would like to thank Lecturer Derek Hayes for his massive support in all the work that has been done.

“Anyone who has been a victim of a Hate, should report the incident to the police.”

The APPLE animation is produced by students Jamie Alcantara, Erin Clarke, Naomi Benham, Jack French, Hamish Campbell and Rory Free forms part of a series of animations created by other university students to raise awareness and educate around types of Hate Crime.

A further animation was released to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia in May and will be used throughout the PRIDE season to continue to raise awareness of hate crime and encourage reporting. It is hoped that this second film will be showcased on the big screen at Cornwall PRIDE on the Saturday 24th August at Newquay.

Incidents of Hate Crime should be reported to the police by either by emailing 101 or calling 101.  Alternatively crimes and incidents can be reported online via the Devon and Cornwall website

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