Paisley Daily Express

£500k fund to help tackle hate crime


Places of worship in Renfrewshi­re can benefit from a new £500,000 fund to take security measures against hate crime.

Faith communitie­s can apply for grants from the Hate Crime Security Fund, developed by the Scottish Government in partnershi­p with Police Scotland.

Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison said:“The fund will help ensure faith communitie­s in Scotland’s most vulnerable to hate crime are supported to worship in safety.

“Scotland is an inclusive and tolerant nation, but our society is not immune from the threat of prejudice and hate.

“Places of worship should be places of peace and sanctuary and our faith communitie­s should feel safe and secure when they visit them.”

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said:“Faith leaders and their congregati­ons should be able to attend worship without fear of crime or persecutio­n.

“Targeting people, places or communitie­s because of their religious affiliatio­n is unacceptab­le and Police

Scotland works alongside our religious communitie­s to safeguard against crime of any nature, particular­ly hate crime.

“Officers regularly liaise with community and faith leaders and monitor issues and tensions across Scotland.

“We thoroughly investigat­e every hate crime incident. We are also aware hate crime is significan­tly under-reported, and we always encourage anyone who witnesses an incident, be they victim or bystander, to make us aware and allow us to determine whether an offence has been committed.”

The fund will be open for applicatio­ns until July 21.

Individual grants of up to £20,000 will be available for a maximum of three security measures to mitigate the risk from hate crime.

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Grants Social justice secretary Shona Robison

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