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JCCV and Police urge you to report all antisemitic incidents

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JCCV president John Searle met with Victoria Police Inspector Margaret Lewis on 28 January 2009 to discuss discrepancies between the Jewish community's and Victoria Police’s statistics on antisemitic incidents.

Following the meeting, Searle stated, "A serious problem exists because many in our community don't report incidents to the police, yet we expect them to meet our needs. It is not enough to merely advise the JCCV or other communal organisations." Lewis noted that Victoria Police allocates resources and prepares operational planning based on its own intelligence. Without reports of antisemitic incidents being received, Victoria Police cannot address the issue.

Lewis confirmed that both she and Victoria Police are committed to overcoming this problem. To assist in this, she stated that "clear procedures, protocols and training have been implemented at Caulfield Police Station to ensure staff dutifully receive all reports of antisemitic incidents, even if considered minor and no details of the offender are available." She further stated that it is imperative that all antisemitic incidents be reported to the police, enabling them to adequately respond to the Jewish community's needs.

Searle agreed that community members must make every effort to report all antisemitic incidents to the police at Caulfield, St Kilda or other police stations as well as to the JCCV, CSG or ADC. He was delighted to note that Lewis is seeking to streamline reporting procedures to make it easier for victims to file a report with the police.

The JCCV will continue to take strategic action to ensure all community organisations and members are made aware of the need to report all antisemitic incidents to Victoria Police.


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what point is it to report anti semitism to an anti semite. I was assaulted by anti semites and when reporting it to police, was told that it was a religious matter and not something for police. When I complained further I was offered an appointment on Shabbos to be interviewed by an officer. Their reason being that it is more important than my religious commitments..So NO I will not report to police anymore and be further humiliated again.

Posted on 2009-02-02 04:04:58 GMT