5.03 PM Friday 27 May 2016

Stand by me

Dorset Police supports Mencap Campaign

Dorset Police, along with more than 30 other police forces across the country, has signed up to Mencap’s ‘Stand by me’ police promise to show their commitment to ending hate crime against people with learning disabilities.

Mencap launched the ‘Stand by me’ campaign during Learning Disability Week 2010. The campaign calls on police services to commit to a promise that will help make sure people with a learning disability can live their lives free from the fear of crime.

Any crime where the victim, or any other person, feels they are being targeted because of their disability is a disability hate crime. Research shows that these crimes can have a huge impact and often leave victims afraid to engage in everyday activity.

‘Stand by me’ aims to engage the police, the criminal justice system and the courts to end hate crime against people with a learning disability within a generation. For more information about the campaign go to www.mencap.org.uk/standbyme

As part of this campaign, Dorset Police has committed to supporting a 10 point pledge. The points in the pledge include:

  • Make sure that information is available and presented in a suitable form.
  • Understand how to identify if someone has a learning disability.
  • Recognise that disability hate crime is as harmful as other types of hate crime.
  • Listen to, respect and involve families, carers and support staff of disabled people.


To see all 10 points of the pledge, please download the poster on the right of this page.

Detective Superintendent Gary Smith said: “Dorset Police fully supports this campaign as part of our efforts to reduce disability hate crime.

“We take all allegations of hate crime extremely seriously and I would encourage anyone who believes they’ve been a victim of this distressing crime to report it to the police.

“Hate crimes can have a devastating impact on victims and we are committed to bringing offenders of these offences to justice.”


Reporting a Hate Crime

All hate crimes and incidents should be reported. By reporting incidents, the police, local councils, housing associations etc are able to build up patterns of behaviour locally, and highlight areas of concern within your community.

But more importantly, you can get the support you may need and help ensure that offenders are brought to justice and cannot do the same to other people.


How to report Hate Incidents and Crimes

There are a number of ways to report Hate Incidents and Crimes:

ArrowTo Dorset Police:

  • In an emergency dial 999
  • Dial 101 for non emergency matters
  • Report online to Dorset Police


If your are deaf or have a speech impairment:


ArrowThird Party Reporting Centres

Local agencies such as the Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Voluntary Services etc can also report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support:


You can also report online at True Vision . The True Vision website gives you information about hate crime and how to report it.  


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