Stephen Timms attended a disability hate crime event in the Houses of Parliament on Monday 18th June to launch the start of Learning Disability Week.
The event, organised by learning disability charity Mencap, aimed to raise awareness of the issue of disability hate crime and highlight the positive progress that has been made since the launch of Mencap’s Stand by me campaign last year.
The Metropolitan Police is one of the 34 forces which has signed up to Mencap’s Stand by me police promise and formally committed to supporting people with a learning disability and increasing hate crime convictions.
As many as 9 out of 10 people with a learning disability have been a victim of hate crime and bullying.
This year during Learning Disability Week (18th – 24th June 2012), Mencap local groups are holding campaign stalls in police stations to educate police officers about learning disability, and holding community safety events with police.
Attendees at the event heard from Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, Nick Herbert; Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Simon Byrne; Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring; and disability hate crime victim Kate Green.
Mencap chief executive Mark Goldring says:
“It is great that Stephen Timms is supporting Mencap’s campaign to end disability hate crime. We hope that he will work with the Metropolitan Police to ensure that tackling disability hate crime is a top priority, and that they provide the best support possible to victims with a learning disability.”
Stephen Timms MP says:
“I am impressed by the commitment of the Metropolitan Police to support this important campaign. It is potentially a real life saver for people with learning disabilities.”
To find out more about Mencap’s Stand by me campaign, visit http://www.mencap.org.uk/standbyme