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Police to join independent living event

07 Sep 2015 00:00 AM

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Northumbria Police is taking part in the north's largest independent living exhibition (DNEX).

The free exhibition, which is ran by Disability North, provides information, advice and equipment for disabled people, older adults, carers and health / social care professionals on a range of disability related issues.

It will be held on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th September 2015, between 10am and 5pm on Wednesday and 10 to 4pm on Thursday, and officers from the Newcastle Community Engagement team will be attending and speaking with visitors about what the force is doing to support people with disabilities.

PC Janine Turnbull, from the Newcastle Communities Engagement Team, said: "The DNEX exhibition is a great opportunity for officers to engage with people and professionals from a number of different communities.  

"We have a great relationship with Disability North and enjoy attending the event every year and this year our focus will be on spreading the word about just how much the force supports people with disabilities.

"We take any reports of disability hate crimes very seriously and we have teams of specially trained officers who specifically deal with Disability Hate and we will listen and support victims.

"It's vital that people understand that being you is not a crime but someone targeting you because of a disability is, and we are here to help."

DCI Deborah Alderson said: "This is a fantastic event which provides Northumbria Police with an excellent opportunity to interact with disabled members of the community and those that support them.

"We hope to build on already strong relationships and reinforce the message that Northumbria Police prioritise support for the disabled and will not tolerate disability hate crime.

Kevin Wright the Marketing and Events Manager at Disability North and also the main DNEX Organiser said: " Disability North is a Safe Reporting Centre providing a supportive environment for people to report hate crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. We are happy for police to attend and support the event and we believe this an extension of the ongoing work that we do to fight hate crime against disabled people."

DNEX is free event and provides the opportunity for an informative day out. There is free on-site car parking and a free accessible shuttle bus from the local Metro stations Four Lane Ends and Regent Centre to the main entrance of the Exhibition.

For more information visitwww.disabilitynorth.org.uk