LCC letter: Ukrainian Conflict and a note from Local Policing.
Dear friend and partners.
Leicestershire Police currently has a Community Impact Assessment (CIA) open in relation to the Ukraine conflict with Russia.
As you can imagine, concern within our Ukrainian communities is at a significant level, although thankfully there have only been a couple of incidents thus far that we can attribute as being linked to the war.
There is the potential for an increase in hate crime as a result of the conflict and, as with other well-publicised events, there is often an increase in the use of symbolic graffiti or stickers to show support for a cause. In Russia, the "Z" symbol is fast becoming seen as a staunchly pro-war symbol of President Putin's invasion of Ukraine. It has been sported by politicians, seen on the sides of cars, vans and advertising hoardings - as well as daubed on bus shelters. It has also been used by other nationalities at pro-Russian demonstrations.
Photographs, such as those on the attachment, have been widely shared on social media.
With that in mind, please could I ask for your officers, staff and elected members to be briefed on the use of the letter "Z" as a show of solidarity with Russia and for its impact on members of the Ukrainian community to be recognised.
We would welcome reports of any such symbology so that we can record them as hate incidents, add them to our CIA and work with you to reassure those affected by this terrible conflict.
T/Superintendent - City
Policing in Neighbourhoods
Local Policing Directorate
Posted: Thu, 17 Mar 2022 17:43 by Admin