Commissioner vows to protect disabled victims of crime

Alan Hardwick and Paul Kenny
Alan Hardwick and Paul Kenny

Disabled people in Boston have been reassured by the county’s police commissioner they will not face discrimination when they report a crime.

Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Hardwick attended a meeting of Boston Disability Forum on Thursday where he heard of the sorts of crimes and behaviour disabled people suffered.

They included people being sworn at for being disabled or having their and their dog’s lives threatened for accidents beyond their control as well as feelings of being ignored when they recorded crime to police.

Mr Hardwick said the emphasis should be placed on helping victims of crime with too much focus placed on the offenders previously.

He said: “Victims should be given a voice, should be listened to and given every help it’s possible to give.”

He assured people they ‘will be taken seriously’ when reporting crime and told the meeting he disliked the term anti-social behaviour and the range of crimes it covered.

Mr Hardwick said the force was ‘getting it right’ and said it was being seen as having ‘good ideas’ on how to police on a ‘comparatively’ small income.

He said: “I’ve even written to Keith Vaz requesting he come see what we do here, away from that room where they had me ensconced for a while.”