Ask your PCC candidates about disability hate crime
By Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind
It took me a while to catch up with the Police and Crime Commissioner agenda but now I'm seeing information about these important changes it in lots of places (and have my polling card at home).
I went to a husting this afternoon, organised by the voluntary sector, to find out what Cleveland candidates had to say. If you get chance to speak to any of the candidates, be sure you ask them about their commitment to tackling Disability Hate Crime. The Guardian reported recently on the rapid increase of reported disability hate crimes; this has to be a good thing - people speaking up about what's happening to them, expecting the Police to investigate and protect them. We have good support systems in place locally and Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind is a hate crime reporting centre,although not may people come forward through us.
Have a look at the Disability Hate Crime Manifesto written by 'The Hardest Hit' campaign group and make sure you ask local PCC candidates to commit to continuing to support this work.