Training course helps Herts agents support LGBT + community
The training is in full swing
Submitted by Hertfordshire Police
Hertfordshire Constabulary and Bedfordshire Police recently delivered a joint training course to help officers better meet the needs of the LGBT + community.
The course was aimed at LGBT + Liaison Officers – these are police officers who are there to provide additional support to the community.
Part of their role is to advise and support their fellow police officers in dealing with LGBT + hate crimes and incidents and they also perform engagement work with the local LGBT + community, attending events and learning to understand the issues. they are facing.
It is important to note that when a member of the public calls the police, they may specifically request the support of an LGBT + liaison officer.
Taking place at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters, the course covered a range of topics, including current issues affecting the LGBT + community, such as the rise in hate crimes, chemsex and trans rights.
Twenty-six LGBT + Liaisons attended the class and heard guest speaker Clive Duffey from the Terrance Higgins Trust talk about his work with the HIV charity.
They were also joined by a second guest speaker, PC Skye Morgan of the West Midlands Police, who spoke about the transition while working as a police officer on duty and current issues affecting the trans community.
The training was opened and closed by Police Force Strategic Leads for LGBT +, Superintendent Clare Smith for Hertfordshire and Chief Superintendent Julie Henderson. Hertfordshire Inspector Steve Alison is Chairman of the Herts Police LGBT + Network and led the training with Bedfordshire Detective Officer Marcus McNamara, Chairman of the Bedfordshire Network.
Inspector Alison said, âOur newly trained officers 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 you. the LGBT + community. Remember, we care about us and you can always contact us for help.
Reporting hate crimes – Hate crimes are crimes like any other, but with the added distinction that the victim has been targeted because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity.
Victims and witnesses can report incidents to the police without fear through the non-emergency number 101, online at herts.police.uk/Report or 999 if a crime is in progress. Victims can rest assured that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.
For more information on hate crimes, including how to report them and where to get help, visit hertsagainsthate.org.
How to contact an LGBT + liaison officer – LGBT + Liaison Officers can be reached by calling the non-urgent number 101 or by contacting us online at herts.police.uk/contact.
In an emergency or if a crime is in progress, report it immediately via 999. LGBT + agent support can then be requested if needed. We will treat what you tell us with sensitivity and confidence.
To contact an LGBT + agent in your area for non-urgent advice, call 101 and have them leave a message to contact you.