- A survey by Scope demonstrated that discrimination of disabled people is worsening
- Equality and Human Rights commission which carried out a disability harassment inquiry in Wales and found that all four police forces saw an increase in disability hate crimes between 2009/10 and 2010/11
- A report by Mencap suggested that, nationally, police forces were failing people with learning disabilities.
Inspector Simon Inglis from South Birmingham Police is leading a an initiative to look into the needs of disabled people in the city and plan how the force can best address the issues people face.
A new survey has been launched by officers to help ensure that disabled people who may have been victims of crime, or who have required police assistance are satisfied with the level of service they have received.
The questionnaire seeks to address a number of key issues, such as people’s understanding and experience of hate crime, their views of the police, the police’s ability to deal with related incidents and also any service barriers that exist in such crime.
Inspector Simon Inglis from Bournville police station said: “We are dedicated to listening to our communities to enable us to improve and to ensure that we provide a world class level of service.”
“I am very passionate, as are my colleagues, about reducing hate crime and helping support victims. By learning more about our community’s experiences and opinions we hope we will be able to significantly reduce hate crime across Birmingham.”
The initiative is being run in partnership with the Birmingham Disability Resource Centre and Peter Millington, who is the information and community empowerment manager at the centre, said: “We welcome this opportunity to work in partnership with the police locally in Birmingham.
“We know from disabled people who contact us through our general advice line the serious impact that hate crime can have on the lives of victims. But we are also very aware that there is a lot of misunderstanding about what disability hate crime is and when it should be reported.
“We therefore welcome the lead being taken by Inspector Inglis and his team and would encourage disabled people and carers in the city to participate in the survey”.
If you are disabled or a carer, you can:
- Complete the survey online
- Or request a paper copy by calling Inspector Simon Inglis on 0345 113 5000.
- Write to: Inspector Simon Inglis, Bournville Police Station, Birmingham, B30 1QX