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St Helens Hate Crime Ambassadors

Al Russo - Merseyside Police
Introducing Al Russo...

I am Al Russo, the East Area Hate Crime Co-ordinator for Merseyside Police. I deal with hate crimes and hate incidents in the Knowsley and St Helens areas of Merseyside.

What is a hate crime?

A hate crime is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference. It doesn't always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime.

What is a hate incident?

A hate incident is any non-crime incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person to be motivated by hostility or prejudice based on a person's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity or perceived disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

It can be in many forms, including verbal or online abuse, insults or harassment such as taunting, offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures or bullying.

If it happens to you, you might be tempted to shrug it off. But if you tell me, I can investigate and stop it from getting worse - either for you or someone else.

Reporting a hate crime or incident to me - what you need to know

You can contact me directly by email or telephone:

  • All contact with me is private and confidential
  • I will respond to ALL enquiries within 48 hours of receipt - (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm)
  • If for any reason I am not available, for example if I am on annual leave/sickness leave, then Merseyside Police will assign another police officer to manage any notifications sent in to us.

What details do I need to provide?

I will need you to provide the following information - please note this information is not stored on this site, but will be sent directly to Merseyside Police so that they can contact you directly in response to your concerns. For more information please see the Merseyside Police Privacy Notice.

  • Your full name
  • Your email address
  • Your phone number
  • Details of the incident

What happens after you have reported an incident?

  • You will be contacted by me, or a colleague from Merseyside Police, within 48 hours
  • I will arrange to meet with you to discuss your concerns at a time and place that is convenient to you
  • St Helens Borough Council will not store any information from your e-form
  • The report will immediately be logged and saved securely by Merseyside Police