Herts police step up training for LGBT + liaison officers
Hertfordshire Constabulary has trained specialist agents to better support the LGBT + community.
As part of a joint effort with Bedfordshire Police, 26 LGBT + liaison officers heard from Clive Duffey, of the Terrence Higgins Trust, talk about his work with the HIV charity.
A second guest speaker, PC trans woman Skye Morgan, West Midlands Police, spoke about the transition as a duty officer and issues affecting the trans community.
Other topics covered included the increase in hate crimes (where the offender has exhibited or been motivated by hostility based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation or transgender identity), chemsex (gender under the influence of stimulants such as methamphetamine or mephedrone, usually involving multiple male participants) and trans rights.
Hertfordshire Inspector Steve Alison is Chairman of the Herts Police LGBT + Network and led the training with Detective Constable Marcus McNamara from Bedfordshire.
He said: “Our newly trained agents will now be in their communities using their training to engage and develop relationships with our LGBT + communities.
“This work is so important; no one should feel unsafe because of their sexuality or gender identity.
“We are committed to supporting all of our diverse communities and I hope the news of this training session will be reassuring for the LGBT + community. Remember that we care about us and you can always contact us for support. ‘aid.”
When a member of the public calls the police, they may specifically request the support of an LGBT + liaison officer.
* LGBTQ + includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and others.