Poor police training lets down disabled people, says new research on hate crime training – Phys.org

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Inadequate training has been blamed for a lack of confidence among police officers dealing with hate crimes targeted at disabled people.

A new report from the University of Portsmouth calls for a more immersive training environment to provide better understanding of how to help disabled victims, as opposed to the “PowerPoint-heavy” and e-learning training packages that characterize many courses taken by police officers.

The small-scale study by the university’s School of Criminology and Criminal Justice found some police officers reporting feelings of nervousness and intimidation when dealing with people with learning disabilities. Despite a desire “to get it right,” there is concern among rank and file officers that they do not have the confidence or experience.

Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2022-05-poor-police-disabled-people-crime.html

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