Recent research has shown that 56% of disabled people have had someone act in a hostile, aggressive or violent way towards them because of their disability. Last year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published its Hidden in Plain Sight report, which showed that many public bodies that have a role in stopping this hostility, are not doing enough.
Police and crime commissioners will be the elected people who will take on the role of the existing police authorities. They will set the priorities for police forces and will be accountable to the people who have elected them. There will be 41 police and crime commissioners – one for each existing police force area outside London. The first elections for the role will be held on 15 November 2012.
The new commissioners will be key figures in developing the direction of police forces. It is essential that this direction includes a commitment to tackling hate crime, as recommended by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
How to get Involved
After the The Hardest Hit North-East Conference in June we produced a manifesto that calls on all new police and crime commissioners to commit to tackling disability hate crime. Please forward this document to the candidates in your area.
The Mencap “Stand by Me” campaign guide contains information about the new police and crime commissioner role plus resources and advice on how to get involved with campaigning to challenge disability hate crime.
The Home Office website also offers more details about the Police and Crime Commissioner Role and the format of the 15 November elections:
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