Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping wants victims of hate crime in Nottinghamshire to know that this type of behaviour is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
Mr Tipping is particularly aware of the importance of raising awareness of vulnerability to hate crime by people with disabilities.
“Too many victims take offensive comments as par for the course,” he said. “But it’s time that everyone recognises such comments as discrimination and that it needs to stop.”
The Commissioner is a keen supporter of Smile! Stop Hate Crime (SHHC), a partnership project between Nottingham Mencap, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County Councils.
SHHC raises awareness of – and tackles – hate crime against adults with learning disabilities, ensuring that everyone is equipped with the skills and knowledge to address it effectively.
“Unfortunately, surveys continue to show that people with disabilities suffer a high level of abuse,” Mr Tipping said. “It’s my sincere hope that we see an end to this type of discrimination in the coming year. For my part, I will do all I can to support awareness campaigns and promote further training for the police so that both they and society as a whole take the problem seriously.”
Posted on Sunday 30th December 2012