Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has called for an end to learning disability hate crime.
He has taken the Mencap’s ‘PCC Pledge’ which wants to see an to end disability hate crime in a generation through its Stand by Me campaign, and wants all police and crime commissioners to back the initiative.
The commissioner said: “Here in Lancashire we are committed to bringing an end to disability hate crime and ensuring everyone is free to live without fear in our communities.
“Lancashire Constabulary is already working hard to tackle the issue, and I am committed to ensuring this continues. Already, Lancashire police are involving disabled people in hate crime training, supported by community engagement, to ensure we have a thorough understanding of how best to tackle the issue.
“I am delighted I am able to support Mencap’s Stand by Me campaign, and send a strong message to Lancashire’s residents that disability hate crime will not be tolerated.”
Dan Scorer, Mencap’s senior campaigns manager, said: “Many police services are doing good work, and their response is getting better, but there is still a long way to go.”
He added: ”We are delighted that Clive Grunshaw has taken the PCC pledge and will be working with us to help end disability hate crime.”