Police pledge on hate crime

POLICE have signed up to a campaign showing their commitment to tackling hate crimes against people with learning disabilities.

Cleveland Police and strategic partners are supporting the charity Mencap’s Stand By Me campaign.

The drive calls on police services to pledge they will help people with a learning disability live free from the fear of crime.

The force says it already has many measures in place towards meeting nine points of the campaign’s charter.

It includes training for officers to understand and identify if someone has a learning disability and to challenge preconceptions and discrimination.

Officers are also trained to identify disability hate crimes and respond.

Cleveland Police also has third party reporting centres for people to report disability hate crimes and works closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to closely examine hate crime cases.

Chief Inspector Daniel Maddison, from Cleveland Police Community Justice Department, said: “Through our support for the Stand By Me campaign we will continue to drive home the message that disability hate crime is not only a crime but a form of bullying. We will not tolerate it and victims shouldn’t have to stand for it.”