The event marked an opportunity for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community to come together and celebrate.
The Herts Police LGB&T Network, the support group for LGB&T staff within the Constabulary, was proud to be one of the event’s supporters.
Officers staffed a stall promoting the Constabulary’s Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) and ways to report hate crime. They chatted with event-goers through the day and listened to their views on local issues affecting the community.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “The Constabulary is working very hard to ensure all aspects of its service is accessible to all communities and tailored to individual needs when required. “
“It was important that the Constabulary was present at Herts Pride, as we are keen to hear from members of the LGB&T community regarding issues affecting them and their views on what needs to be done to help make Hertfordshire even safer.”
Speaking after the event, Sergeant Steve Alison, one of the force’s LAGLOs said: “It went very well and it’s important for us to support it. People had a chance to visit us to talk about anything that was concerning them and to understand how they can report hate crime, and get specialist support available to them if needed.
“It also enabled us to promote the service available through LAGLOs, who are specifically trained officers who deal with hate crimes affecting the LGB&T community and can offer confidential support for victims.”
More about LAGLOs
The Constabulary’s 80 LAGLOs are police officers and staff who have been specially trained to support people from LGB&T communities. All police officers are able to support the LGB&T community, but LAGLOs are in place to provide additional support and understanding.
LAGLOs aim to:
- Encourage the LGB&T community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes
- Engage with LGB&T communities and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and key community groups dedicated to LGB&T issues
- Advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic incidents
- Raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGB&T community
“Our staff engagement with those attending the event was clearly visible and I feel sure that this will assist in building stronger relationships with our communities. I also hope that the friendly and reassuring behaviour of our staff at this event will enable anyone who needs to do so, to contact the Constabulary with confidence that they will be supported fully.”
LAGLOs can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of a LAGLO can then be requested if required. Further information about the LAGLOs can be found on tyeh Hertfordshire Police Constabulary website.