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Police pledge to stamp out Hate Crime

posted 12 Sep 2011, 07:57 by Bexley Mencap
On Thursday 8th September, Borough Commander Dave Stringer met with representatives from Bexley Mencap, Respect in Bexley and the Bexley Speaking Up Group to receive a petition signed by over 200 people putting their name to a campaign to end Hate Crime against people with a learning disability.

The group spoke about their experiences and set out a 10 point pledge that they asked the Borough Commander to sign, including improving information and communication, increasing awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities and recognising hate crime for what it is.

The meeting followed a number of successful meetings with the Borough’s Safer Transport Team, where people’s concerns about travelling on local buses have been listened to and acted upon.

In signing Mencap’s Police Promise, Chief Superintendent Stringer made it clear that progress would only be made by working in partnership and looked to the local authority and the voluntary sector to play their part in turning the words of the promise into real life improvements.

Commenting after the meeting, Steve Davies from Bexley Mencap said ‘We received a very warm welcome from the Borough Commander and his team and our concerns were listened to and acknowledged.  In signing the Promise, Bexley Borough Police has made an important commitment to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities and, in turn, we will work shoulder to shoulder with them to eradicate hate crime.’