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Disability Hate Crime CPS & Police Commissioner

Disability Hate Crime, the Crown Prosecution Service & the Police Commissioner

The latest edition of Hate Crime Newsletter from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) sets out what the prosecutors do to try and make sure the legal system doesn't miss crimes that should be treated as Disability Hate Crime (and which would get a more serious penalty if proved).

It is intended for CPS staff (and a bit dry if you're not interested in administrative detail) but it's good to see that, for example, CPS in the North West now checks all "crimes against older people" to see if they really should be added to the list of Disability Hate Crimes.

However, CPS statistics show that less than 5% of Hate Crime prosecutions involve Disability Hate Crime - that's under 700 cases a year for the whole of England and Wales - so there is still a big question about under-reporting.

MDF goes to the local CPS panel that reads through a selection of Hate Crime files after the event*, and it is clear that there are still cases getting through they system which should be treated as Hate Crime but are not.

Because of strict confidentiality we can't discuss individual cases -  but if there are general issues about policing and about prosecuting Disability Hate Crime in Merseyside that you want to be brought up there, let us know using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - the next meeting is in October 2012.

New policing arrangements in Merseyside

Later this year Merseyside Police Authority (which overseas the work of Merseyside Police) will be replaced by an elected Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Nonimations close on 19/10/12 and the elections will be held on 11/11/12.

A new network has been set up by Sefton CVS to bring together voluntary sector groups who want to be able to work with and influence the new PCC. For example, any new commissioning arrangements could have a big effect on voluntary groups that provide services that involve community safety.

The new  Merseyside PCC VCF Sector network is looking for ways to raise awareness of local PCC candidates and their policies. They will be holding their next meeting on 24/9/12.

They plan to hold "hustings" meetings to see what policies the rival candidates for Commissioner are proposing - but so far there is only one candidate: the official Labour nominated candidate, Jane Kennedy.

For more information contact Keelan Early:

E:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

T: (0151) 920 0726 ext 206 

* the Merseyside and Cheshire Local Scrutiny and Involvement Panel