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Force opens inquiries after backlash on Hate Crime officer

Tweets are currently being looked at by Leicestershire in response to a post from their Hate Crime officer.

Leicestershire is undertaking inquiries into tweets that were posted in response to an introduction of their new Hate Crime officer.  

Sumaya Bihi had posted on the force's social media site in order to introduce herself - but the tweet initiated a number of negative replies, some of which contained “unacceptable language” and have since been removed.

Ms Bihi had written: “Hello everyone, I hope you all are having a great Monday morning. I would like to introduce myself to you as the Hate Crime Officer for Leicestershire Police […] Please feel free to DM me with any queries or concerns.”

The post was accompanied by a photo of her wearing her hijab.

It was posted on an official force page - 'Leicestershire Police Stay Safe'. 

Leicestershire has said that any comments containing unacceptable language will have been deleted, however certain negative comments remain on the thread.

One Twitter user has written: “If this dress is ethnicity religion of this officer, she’s bound to be biased! It will encourage antihindu criminals more. Bad move!”

Another says: “After so many false narratives peddled by muslim journalists/activists during Leicester riots-you are giving this job to a Muslim lady. I'm sure she is a good professional. But if I'm a hindu subjected to a hate crime by a Muslim- I have zero confidence reporting it to this lady.”

Further comments asked for the appointment of a hate crime officer “from a neutral religion” and suggested that she may be biased.

Leicestershire Police confirmed to Police Oracle that the role of a Hate Crime officer has been in place for a number of years. They also said that Ms Bihi was in post before the disorder in East Leics began and that she is not involved in the current investigations relating to the disorder.

The force said: "We are supporting our hate crime officer in a number of ways. Unacceptable messages have been reported to Twitter and we have opened our own inquiries into the abuse."

There were also many tweets congratulating Ms Bihi on her role and offering support.

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