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Calls to police in relation to the conflict in the Middle East have continued to remain low over the past fortnight.
We’ve received three calls which have been swiftly resolved by officers providing advice and reassurance. Two non-crime hate incidents have been reported, as well as one public order offence – all relating to antisemitism.
Reassurance patrols have also been taking place during Chanukah and no issues have been raised.
As always, if you are worried about anything, become a victim of hate crime or witness any activity which you believe to be suspicious, please get in touch. We have specialist officers who can provide support and advice.
Community Security Trust
For the period 7 October 2023 to 13 December 2023, there have been 2,093 antisemitic incidents in the UK. Out of this, 66 have been in Hertfordshire.
This is still making the community feel vulnerable. We are grateful for the partnership we have with the Police and I know the community appreciate their hard work.
Hertsmere Borough Council
European Mayors’ Summit against Antisemitism
The Mayor of Hertsmere, Cllr Chris Myers, represented the borough at the European Mayors’ Summit against Antisemitism in Dortmund, Germany, at the end of November. The Mayor was joined by the Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, Cllr Jeremy Newmark and the Deputy Leader, Cllr Paul Richards. The summit, attended by mayors and civic leaders from across Europe, the Middle East and beyond, focussed on the key role public bodies can play in tackling antisemitism and fostering cultural diversity. Further information on the visit can be found in this news release.
Mental Health Services
The following services are available to residents of Hertsmere to support their mental health.
- The TogetherAll, which is an online anonymous mental health community monitored by professionals. It offers a range of support, courses and advice. Hertfordshire residents over 16 can register for free – just select ‘my area is registered’ and enter your postcode.
- NHS Every Mind Matters – Get expert advice and practical tips, try the ‘How are you? quiz or create a tailored self-care plan to support your mental health and wellbeing
- The Five Ways to Wellbeing – feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life
- Jami – provides mental health support to the Jewish Community
- Herts Mind Network – provide services including peer support, group activities, counselling and a crisis helpline. Provided online, over the phone or from Number 10 on Leeming Road, Borehamwood.
- Hertfordshire County Council have produced a mental health resource booklet providing information about services available in the community. Should anyone wish to order physical copies of this, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Church of England have pulled together a set of 13 reflections to support good mental health. www.churchofengland.org
- Young Minds have released some specific advice aimed at young people who are worried about the conflict in the Middle East: Mental Health Advice | The Conflict in the Middle East | YoungMinds
Events and training in the borough
Faith Security Training
The Home Office has launched the Faith Security Training project, a new security awareness training offer for faith communities. This scheme has been developed in consultation with other government departments and experts from security and policing partners, and it will be a free learning resource for faith communities, with the aim of raising awareness of security risks and how to respond to them.
The Home Office is piloting face-to-face delivery sessions, and is encouraging members of faith communities, particularly people in positions of leadership or responsibility for security at places of worship, to attend and provide feedback on the content and delivery.
The Faith Security Training course is designed to equip participants with essential skills to enhance the security and safety in their places of worship. Participating in the pilot will give participants the chance to contribute their expertise and materially shape the project, ensuring it is as effective as it can be at helping keep communities safe when the project is rolled out more widely.
People interested in attending one of the pilot sessions will need to complete the expression of interest form here. If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone directly, please contact 03301 75 69 62 or email FaithSecurityBooking@cdsds.uk