Disability Training (FOI_5068_14)

Request

1. Do all officers know the requirement law of room required (width of a double buggy or wheelchair) on pavement to be available to disabled people and if so why are officers more concerned with vehicle movement on the highway than safety of footway users who also pay for police services through local council rates.(Numerous occasions I have seen officers walking and squeezing past vehicles parked on pavements causing an obstruction and do nothing.)

 

2. Has all officers been issued by letter notification, e-mail or any other form of communication of this requirement that was clarified by the courts?

 

3. Do Officers receive training by using a wheelchair and simulation sight spectacles so they can fully understand the needs of people like me and many others with disabilities in the west midlands. If not why???

 

4. Under the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities Article 9 states

To enable disabled people to live independently and take part in all areas of life government should take action to ensure accessibility, equal to that of non-disabled people. This includes taking action in relation to the built environment, transport, public services or facilities, housing, as well as information and communication services, and emergency services.

If people with disabilities can not get around safely (on the pavement) then other articles of the Convention are not complied with such as 27 not being able to have access to work if they can not get there safely 28 Standard of living limited as where they can safely go to shop, pray, etc.

30 Be able to access and to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.

 

This Item on Access has also been brought up at local Area Neighbourhood Watch meetings on several occasions as concerns raised about safety of disabled people and parents with young children in prams, pushchairs and walking having to go onto the highway on busy roads to bypass vehicles parked/obstructing the pavement .

Response

1. Do all officers know the requirement law of room required (width of a double buggy or wheelchair) on pavement to be available to disabled people and if so why are officers more concerned with vehicle movement on the highway than safety of footway users who also pay for police services through local council rates. (Numerous occasions I have seen officers walking and squeezing past vehicles parked on pavements causing an obstruction and do nothing.)

 

West Midlands Police deliver training to Student Officers, PCSO’s and Special Constables regarding the offence of unnecessary obstruction, which is the offence of vehicles parked on the pavement and the distance between that and the hedge line, in order to evidence the offence e.g can you get a wheelchair/pushchair passed.

 

2. Has all officers been issued by letter notification, e-mail or any other form of communication of this requirement that was clarified by the courts?

 

We are not aware of any recorded information being held in regard to this.

 

3. Do Officers receive training by using a wheelchair and simulation sight spectacles so they can fully understand the needs of people like me and many others with disabilities in the west midlands. If not why???

 

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act applies to recorded information and therefore we are unable to supply opinions or to comment on events unless those opinions or comments are already recorded. With reference to the above question, there is no recorded information held.

 

4. Under the UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities Article 9 states

To enable disabled people to live independently and take part in all areas of life government should take action to ensure accessibility, equal to that of non-disabled people. This includes taking action in relation to the built environment, transport, public services or facilities, housing, as well as information and communication services, and emergency services.

 

If people with disabilities can not get around safely (on the pavement) then other articles of the Convention are not complied with such as 27 not being able to have access to work if they can not get there safely 28 Standard of living limited as where they can safely go to shop, pray, etc.30 Be able to access and to participate in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.

 

This Item on Access has also been brought up at local Area Neighbourhood Watch meetings on several occasions as concerns raised about safety of disabled people and parents with young children in prams, pushchairs and walking having to go onto the highway on busy roads to bypass vehicles parked/obstructing the pavement

 

Section 8 (1) (c) of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act indicates that a request for information is a reference to such a request which describes the information requested. Therefore please let me know what information you require to satisfy this part of your request.

 

As recommended as good practice by the Information Commissioner’s Office a version of this response may be published on the West Midlands Police website.

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