Posted by Indy Sunner on the 20 Sep 2016

In June 2016 a number of representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Mencap, Orchard Hill College and Victim Support created an interactive and engaging training pack to deliver to officers in Sutton Metropolitan Police.

This has been predominately based around an insight into autism, learning disabilities, communication methods, disability hate crimes and what some of our most vulnerable community members might experience in the home and community. The feedback from some police officers involved in the training so far has been extremely positive and have felt having professionals working in the sector delivering the training has contributed to a greater understanding and insight around the key areas impacting vulnerable people in the local community.

It is important to work together to make our community a place in which we all feel safe to participate, this is especially important for our most vulnerable community members. "Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust pupils, students and staff are grateful to the Met Police for creating this important initiative which will benefit our students." Dr Caroline Allen OBE, Principal & CEO, OHC&AT.

This training initiative is on-going and linked into the community safety sessions which will take place over two days on October 12th and 13th of October at the Sutton Life Centre. There will be representatives leading on workshops from the Sutton Metropolitan mentorship scheme, Mencap and Orchard Hill College.