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 Mencap's Stand By Me webpage.

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 below.

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