Mencap and the Metropolitan Police are working to raise awareness of learning disability and communication difficulty
The Metropolitan Police Service has recently signed up to Mencap’s Stand by me police promise – ten pledges to help ensure people with a learning disability live their lives free from hate crime.
These include challenging discriminatory attitudes among fellow officers, supplying information in a suitable form and understanding how to identify if someone has a learning disability. While the police promise focuses on victims of hate crime, the relationship that Mencap has with the Metropolitan Police bodes well for future work.
“It’s great that the UK’s biggest police service has signed the police promise, and we hope that the work we’ve already done on raising awareness of learning disability can be continued,” said Mark Gale, Mencap campaigns and policy officer. “The service has already showed an interest in our work with young people at risk of offending, so we hope to build on this and make progress in how it works with these young people.”
To find out more about the Stand by me campaign click here