A TOP Hampshire police officer has taken a pledge on behalf of the force to end disability hate crime.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy Marsh has signed charity Mencap’s ‘Stand By Me’ Campaign.
It calls on police forces to show their support for people with learning disabilities and asks the police to commit to 10 promises that complement the work the constabulary is doing to protect vulnerable people.
Mr Marsh said: ‘It’s part of our mission to ensure people with a learning disability are able to live free from the fear of crime.
‘There’s been a lot of work over the last year within the force to raise awareness and improve the service we provide to disabled people.
‘We’ve established a network of dedicated and committed police staff and officers who work as disability champions to engage with the community. We regularly run roadshows where people with a disability can meet with the police and break down some of the barriers or concerns people might have.’
Dan Scorer, Mencap’s campaigns manager, said: ‘We welcome Hampshire Constabulary’s commitment to constantly strive to uphold these standards.’