History month ends on a high

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Sussex Police and partners have concluded activities across the county for Disability History Month 2014.

Throughout last month, officers and staff have been getting involved in a range of events and initiatives to raise awareness of disability-related issues in the community and to provide information and support.

Many have been delivered in conjunction with partner organisations, including Victim Support, Independent Lives, housing associations and councils.

Highlights included the launch of a Pegasus card, a service for people with speech or communication difficulties and an on-line webchat that featured questions about transport issues and hate crime.

Two disabled members of staff also wrote a blog to highlight that you can be both disabled and a member of Sussex Police and officers and staff spoke to a dementia support group about how family members can best assist Sussex Police when a relative with dementia goes missing.

Sgt Peter Allan, hate crime lead for Sussex Police, said: “This has been a real opportunity to highlight the contribution made by disabled people within our communities.”