In February 2012, the Northern Ireland Policing Board launched its Human Rights Annual Report.
The report, written by the Policing Board's human rights committee, highlights both good police practice and areas in which practice could be improved, with formal recommendations being made where action by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is needed.
In 2011, the Police Ombudsman and the Northern Ireland Policing Board created a report called 'Views and experiences of people with a learning disability in relation to policing arrangements in Northern Ireland'.
Following this, the Northern Ireland Policing Board's human rights report includes a recommendation for the PSNI to develop a robust hate crime strategy.
Furthermore, there is a recommendation to separate the statistics on disability hate crime to include a category for learning disability hate crime and a recommendation to ensure that officers and staff of the PSNI are able to recognise learning disability and respond appropriately.
Mencap in Northern Ireland welcomes the recommendations set out by the human rights committee. This is a positive step forward in our Stand by me campaign to tackle learning disability hate crime.
You can find a copy of the report at the NI Policing Board website.
Call Jenny Ruddy on 028 9069 1351 for further information.