Brent Disability Forum took place on Thursday 8th March 2018 at Brent Civic Centre with a specific focus on Hate Crime and was chaired by Councillor Neil Nerva.
The Forum has representatives from local Disabilities charities, local Councillors including:
- Councillor Muhammad Butt, Leader of Brent Council
- Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Lead for Stronger Communities
- Councillor Margaret McLeannon, Deputy Leader and Chair of Equalities Group
- Councillor Janice Long, Chair of Housing Scrutiny Committee
- Inspector Webbs, Brent Police
Brent Disability Forum explained the importance for us to discuss hate crime that arise among disabled people and specifically, what we would like the Council and Partners organisations to consider. There were opportunity for people to go on ‘soapbox’ to enable people to talk briefly about local issues of importance to them.
Asif Iqbal, MBE President of Harrow & Brent United Deaf Club attended the meeting and gave examples of accessibility for Deaf people, how can they report hate crime to the Police and what the Police can do to support Deaf people who become Victim of Hate Crime. Asif explained how crucial is for the Police Officers to be Deaf aware, knowing how to book BSL interpreters, introduce text message as a way for deaf residents to report hate crime to the local police. Asif also shared model of good practices of Police Link Officers for Deaf People in different counties across UK that we can learn from and to benefit our Deaf and Hard of Hearing residents.
Councillor Tom Miller, Cabinet Lead for Stronger Communities noted all points raised at the Forum and agreed to discuss them with the Police colleagues.
Here is some links of Police Link Officers for Deaf people (PLOD) as positive model of good practices:
- Nottinghamshire PLOD: Police Link Officer for Deaf people:
- Staffordshire Police’s PLOD Services: https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/PLOD
- Hampshire’s Police Services: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/contact-us/accessible-contact-methods/
- Avon and Somerset Police: https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact-us/british-sign-language-%28bsl%29/contacting-the-police/
- Derbyshire Constabulary: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Contact-Us/Deaf-or-Hard-of-Hearing/Deaf-or-Hard-of-Hearing.aspx
- Hertfordshire Police: https://www.herts.police.uk/Information-and-services/About-us/Diversity/Disability/Link-officers
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