Policing disability hate crime: a critical examination of the issues affecting service provision to victims with learning disabilities

Lamb, Philip (2013) Policing disability hate crime: a critical examination of the issues affecting service provision to victims with learning disabilities. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The research for this dissertation has been conducted using a multiple method model in order to gain a clear, up to date and relevant understanding of what affects the service provision of the police when dealing with or understanding disability hate crime.
    Primary data has been collected through a series of structured questionnaires completed electronically using the Survey Monkey system but delivered internally within the policing network. In total 82 police officers from Hampshire Constabulary completed the survey. Secondary data was reviewed and included not only academic work but research from government agencies and charities specifically in relation to disability hate crime.
    The overarching research objectives for this dissertation were to;

    1. Explore the extent to which disability hate crime is being recognised and recorded effectively by the police.

    2. Examine the knowledge, training and skills of frontline responding police officers in relation to disability hate crime and vulnerability.

    3. Review the literature and research to establish if the police and the victim have a similar vision in the resolution of hate crime incidents.

    4. Consider the impact of recent inquiries, reports and recommendations in a policing context.

    The findings from this research allow for considerations to made against all of the objectives listed and support the fact that disability hate crime is under reported in Hampshire, that there is an inconsistency in the knowledge and understanding of frontline police officers, that the training provision could be improved and that Hampshire Constabulary need to further promote both internally and externally, some of the pioneering work they have been focussing on.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2014 14:42
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:34
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/14490

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