Police leaflet makes county look appaling'
PUBLISHED: 17:03 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:29 23 August 2010
WELCOME to Kent. We are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ageist and do not value you if you are disabled or gay and here s a booklet telling you how to make a complaint against us. That is the view of Gravesham MP Adam Holloway on an information booklet
WELCOME to Kent. We are racist, homophobic, xenophobic, ageist and do not value you if you are disabled or gay and here's a booklet telling you how to make a complaint against us."
That is the view of Gravesham MP Adam Holloway on an information booklet produced by Kent Police for immigrants coming in to live and work in the county.
The booklet called 'A Practical Guide to the Law for Your Safety and Information' has been blasted by the MP for telling newcomers how to report racial incidents and hate crime on its opening pages.
Mr Holloway said: "What sort of message are we giving people?
"The police have got their priorities wrong and have totally given into this politically correct and damaging claptrap.
"Immigrants come here for a variety of different reasons but mainly for work. They are our guests and have to abide by British law. By all means produce a guide to the laws of our country but when they read page one of the English version of this book, they may think they are entering a rather disgusting society, which Kent certainly isn't."
Kent Police say the booklet is the same as many others issued by other forces across the country and is intended as a guide to basic information about the law.
It is available at ports and borders and given to people who have already contacted the police.
Kent Police's Deputy Chief Constable Adrian Leppard said: "Kent Police's priority is to prevent and detect crime while respecting all people visiting, living and working in Kent.
"We always welcome feedback. We continually review our services so we can continue to police Kent in the most effective and resourceful way.
"Some of the feedback that we have received welcomes the non-emergency telephone numbers, as people may want to report crimes that are not life threatening.
"The booklet raises awareness that hate crime is taken seriously by police and provides information about how to report it, helping ensure that this type of crime is not under reported."
But Mr Holloway says the police are overstepping their remit.
He added: "Their job is to protect the public: they need to calm down on this sort of thing.