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Policing the Disabled Conference

11 November 2014

On Tuesday 11 November we welcomed Avon and Somerset Police back again for their Policing for the Disabled conference hosted alongside Stand Against Racism & Inequality.

On Tuesday 11 November we welcomed Avon and Somerset Police back again for their Policing for the Disabled conference hosted alongside Stand Against Racism & Inequality.

The day started with a welcome and opening speech by Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson who welcomed the 250 police officers and fellow speakers. The aim of the day was to present a mixture of presentations and performances from the Disability Independent Advisory Group (DIAG) who presented various situations to raise awareness of how to police people with Learning Disabilities.

There were speeches throughout the day from a variety of visiting groups including an enlightening discussion from Matt Trerise from the Autism and the Criminal Justice System who explained the key signs to recognising Autism and the impact that policing has on victims and offenders. This was followed by a discussion from Helen Harvey-Foster, Hayley Scurr and Dr. Jennifer Bute from the Alzheimer’s Society who discussed the barriers that having Alzheimer’s poses for the Criminal Justice system and gave some tips for positive policing. Also present was Assistant Director Alex Raikes from Support Against Racist Incidents (SARI), a community based charity dedicated to promoting race equality and community cohesion.

This was a fantastic event of real social importance locally and nationally.