Last Updated: 06/02/2024
Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales, Emma Wools, has commended the work behind a ground breaking initiative which is helping to tackle racist hate graffiti in Bridgend.
She welcomed guests to event held in police headquarters, Bridgend to mark the official launch of the StreetSnap initiative.
StreetSnap is designed to help clear streets of hate graffiti and pinpoint flare-ups of racism and homophobia. The app is being used by a range of people who work on the streets such as police officers, youth workers and housing officials. If they spot graffiti, a poster or a sticker that is offensive, they can open up the app and take an image of the material. This is sent to the police and street cleaning teams who can quickly get to the scene and remove it.
The launch event marked the end of a successful pilot in the Maesteg area and the rollout of the initiative across Bridgend County.
StreetSnap was invented by Lella Nouri, the associate professor of criminology at Swansea University, and piloted by Bridgend Council who are working closely with South Wales Police and South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.
Following a successful pilot in Maesteg it is being rolled out across Bridgend County Borough.
Deputy Commissioner Emma Wools, said: “As someone of mixed racial heritage myself, I have been on the receiving end of racism and discriminatory attitudes. I know how it feels to be targeted and can tell you that racist graffiti hurts. It serves as a constant reminder of the prejudice and hatred that exists in society and it can lead to feelings of fear, anxiety and insecurity. It makes you question your safety and belonging and nobody should have to endure that where they live, work or visit.
“It is our collective responsibility to address the issues of racism and homophobia through a true partnership approach. As StreetSnap proves, working together strengthens the collective ability to coordinate and align efforts across sectors and agencies.
“This is why local Community Safety Partnerships are key, why Bridgend is on track to deliver against its Anti Racism Action Plan objectives, and why local authorities right across the UK are looking to emulate what is happening here in Bridgend. I would like to congratulate everybody involved.”
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