A police officer with 21 years’ service, PC Donna Horwood was keen to become a hate crime officer for Dacorum and St Albans to help bring communities together, as well as help victims of hate crime.
Donna said: “I fear that while previously people may have been ignorant of people’s cultures, beliefs, sexuality or disabilities some now commit hate crime just to be hurtful or offensive.”
Hate crime officers work to tackle and challenge hate crime incidents, educate people and support those who have been affected.
Donna enjoys the varied role, spending time with people from different cultures, faiths and sexual orientations, those living with disabilities and learning about them and raising awareness of hate crime.
Hate crimes include assaults, threats or acts of vandalism, or any other crime committed against someone because of their disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.
Donna has worked in partnership with several schools and sporting groups to raise awareness of hate crime, particularly thanking Kings Langley, Nicholas Breakspear and Veralum schools, Herts Football Association and Watford FC Academy for the team effort.
She is urging people to don’t ignore hate crime, but to report it to the police either by phone, online or to one of the many third party reporting centres around the county.