Bid to break down barriers between disabled people and police
Police are staging a day designed to break down barriers with disabled people and encourage them to report hate crimes.
A Blue Light Day will be staged on August 20 at Torbay Leisure Centre, Penwill Way, Paignton between 10am-3pm.
The event is being supported by Devon and Cornwall Police in conjunction with many public, private and charitable organisations.
“The Blue Light Day is important for so many reasons” said Sergeant Sally Kingdon from Devon and Cornwall Police.
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“It gives people with disabilities the opportunity to meet Devon’s emergency services.
“Additionally, it gives them the chance to say what they think about the services provided and identify ways that services can be improved if needed.”
The aim of the day is to help people with disabilities become more confident and independent in their community and break down any barriers that exist between them and the emergency services so that they feel more comfortable in reporting hate crime.
On offer during the day is football penalty shoot outs, Nordic walking, cricket and hockey.
In addition, there are cooking demonstrations and a drama performance around the perils of loan sharks.
Nearly forty supporting organisations from around the county will be there to give out information about their services. These include police, fire, NHS, ambulance, Torbay Council, Safer Communities, Change 4 Life, Eat that Frog and Shared Lives South West.
Sergeant Kingdon said “We have a common aim to protect the most vulnerable in our communities and the first step in doing this is to make sure that our communities have confidence in our ability to do so.
“Events like the Blue Light Day go a long way to doing that and by helping to remove any barriers that may exist,” she said.
Anyone who wishes to attend is asked to register by calling 01803 326700 or email email@example.com