Officers raise awareness of hate crime

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Police officers have been working with adults with learning disabilities to raise their awareness of hate crime and offer advice on reporting it and staying safe.

Community Engagement officer Rennie Brown worked with the Children and Young Person Officers (CYPO) to arrange events and activities including visits to the police station and the CCTV suite.

A ‘Keeping Safe’ event was organised for Choice for All Doncaster (ChAD) a group of adults with learning disabilities who represent over 700 adults across Doncaster and act as a voice for them.

Over 80 adults with learning disabilities from across the borough along with their support workers attended. Local police officers delivered safety messages on how to identify a hate crime and the reporting systems that are in place.

Another event was also arranged by the Mencap group around the ‘Stand by me’ campaign which is a national Mencap campaign asking all police forces to sign up to the promise of recognising and dealing with disability hate crime against adults with learning disabilities.

South Yorkshire Police have signed up to this promise, and around 50 people attended the event where officers from the police, council and St Leger Homes talked to them about hate crime.

District Engagement Officer, Rennie Brown said: “Interactive events such as this are a fun way for everyone to learn about the police and gain important messages around safety.

“We wanted to raise awareness of what a hate crime is and encourage the adults to report this type of crime.”