Bishop's Stortford police relaunch Keep Safe campaign for people with learning disabilities
Businesses in Bishop’s Stortford are being encouraged to sign up to a community scheme which safeguards people with learning disabilities.
Through Keep Safe, an initiative first launched in 2009, vulnerable people can find a safe space to contact a parent, carer, support worker, the police or any other emergency service if they feel they are in trouble.
Retailers, other businesses and community services signed up to the scheme display an orange Keep Safe sticker in their windows to make them easily identifiable, while those with learning disabilities carry an 'in case of emergency' (ICE) phone number on their Keep Safe card, keyring, travel wallet or on their phone.
Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd funded the relaunch of the scheme in Stortford and officers from the safer neighbourhood policing team are implementing the programme.
The team, including hate crime officer PC Terasa Holden, met with local social workers, Stortford mayor Cllr Norma Symonds and Hertfordshire county councillor Colin Woodward, along with adults with learning disabilities, for an official launch at Bishop’s House in Windhill.
Anyone interested in displaying a sticker or joining the Keep Safe team as a supporter can call 101 or 01992 413731.