About the Zero Tolerance Campaign

Devon & Cornwall Police take all hate crime seriously.

With feelings of disharmony and unrest amongst minority communities following the Brexit referendum we wanted to take positive and proactive steps to address this. Working closely with representatives from across our communities, ideas were collated, concerns were listened to, and feedback was taken on board.

We launched the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign during Hate Crime Awareness Week in October 2016.

What’s the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign about?

The campaign has a clear message – we do not and will not tolerate hate crime in any form. Targeting someone through hostility or prejudice because of who they are is unnacceptable. All forms of prejudice and discrimination must not be tolerated within our society.

We want to ensure victims of hate crime are able to report it and that they receive the help, support and reassurance they need after the experience.

We want to bring together organisations who pledge support to their communities, promoting respect for all and taking a zero tolerance stance against any and all incidents of hate.

The key aims of the campaign are:

  • to increase awareness and understanding of hate crime and hate incidents
  • to promote ways to report hate crime to the police
  • to raise awareness of third party reporting options, and
  • to increase hate crime reporting, which is widely understood to be under-reported.

Why should I get involved?

By showing your support, you can send a powerful message to your communities that you will not tolerate hate and actively demonstrate respect for everyone.

Signing the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime pledge means:

  • Promoting a positive message of social community responsibility
  • Promoting your organisation as a desirable workplace that demonstrates respect for all
  • Support equality and human rights legislation
  • You can use the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime logo on your website
  • You can support and assist victims in reporting hate crime and promote the different third-party reporting options available – including TrueVision and Stop Hate UK.

Who has signed the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime pledge?

The pledge has been signed by hundreds of organisations across Devon and Cornwall, including schools, community safety partnerships, local authorities, health providers, places of worship and charities. All of them have committed to promote the messages of the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign and support their communities.

We’ve even had organisations as far afield as Tyne & Wear and Suffolk commit to standing up against hate crime.

Take a look at the map of organisations that have signed the pledge.

How do I sign up?

It’s easy – sign the pledge and commit to promoting respect for all.

In signing our pledge, you are giving your support to:

  • promote an equal society to uphold the rights of everyone and will work to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation and unfair treatment
  • foster good relations by promoting respect for each other and tackling prejudice
  • report any incidents of hate that are witnessed within your organisation/premises

How else can I show my support?

Once you’ve signed the pledge you can show your commitment to the Zero Tolerance to Hate campaign by:

  • sharing our materials – these are available digitally or you can request physical copies if you’re a pledger,
  • students at Falmouth University created a series of videos to illustrate some examples of hate crime and the importance of reporting – feel free to share these,
  • following the Diverse Communities Team on Facebook and Twitter,
  • showing your support on social media using #ZeroTolerance2Hate,
  • displaying the campaign logo on your website and,
  • most importantly, supporting victims of hate crime and encouraging them to report it.

Sign the pledge and support your communities through the Zero Tolerance to Hate Crime campaign.


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Devon & Cornwall Police
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