Hampshire Constabulary has produced a new contact poster specifically designed for people with a learning disability.

LDWeek2013 233 x 156.JPG

The poster is in an easy read format and explains when to use the 101 number and when to call 999.

It’s being launched to support Mencap’s Learning Disability Week 2013 this week, August 19 -25.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh is the constabulary’s lead on disability. He said:  “We’ve been doing a lot of work over the last few years to reach out to people affected by learning disabilities including several road shows including an open day at our training headquarters in Netley back in May.

“Some of the feedback we’ve received is that often people with a learning disability aren’t sure when to call 101 and when to call 999.

“With this in mind, the poster had been designed in easy read, a recognised format which is accessible and clear to people with a learning disability. I’d like to thank Mencap for their assistance in designing the poster.

“In May last year, I signed up the force to Mencap’s ‘Stand By Me’ ten-point promise to end disability hate crime and I know how devastating it can be for someone to be targeted because of disability.

“I hope that this poster, alongside the work we’ve been doing to engage with communities affected by disability, will encourage people to come forward to report problems they’re experiencing, demonstrate that the police are here to help and that we can make a difference.”

Jason Carlisle, regional campaigns officer for Mencap, comments: “We'd like to thank Hampshire Constabulary for its ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people with a learning disability in the area and supporting Learning Disability Week. As part of the week, Mencap is calling for people with a learning disability and their families to share their stories of strength, courage and achievement and tell us who their super hero is."

The poster is available to download and print here.

Learning Disability Week 2013

As part of Learning Disability Week 2013, Hampshire Constabulary is supporting Mencap’s Twitter campaign #LDWeek13 @Mencap_charity (Monday, August 19 – Sunday, August 25).

Throughout the week, we will be posting pictures of the force’s Disability Champions and other police officers and staff who work to support and engage with people with a learning disability from the main Hampshire Constabulary profile @HantsPolice. You can also follow our Disability Champions @DisabilityChamp.

You can find out more about the week on the Mencap website and details of local events in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight on the Mencap Facebook page.

Reporting disability hate crime

If you or someone you know has been abused, assaulted, threatened, intimidated because of disability, it could be a disability hate crime. You can call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

You can also report hate crimes via the True Vision website.