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LGBT+ network

Our LGBT+ network is made up of passionate police officers, staff and volunteers who meet several times a year to discuss all aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender life, both at work and in our communities.

We work within the organisation and with our partner agencies to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues and tackle issues of concern, including hate crime, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

We are very much part of the community and work with and for all our LGBT+ communities. You will see us at key LGBT+ events locally, including PRIDE events.

We are an excellent and inclusive place to work for LGBT+ people and know how important it is that our police force represents the communities it serves. Some examples of the work we are doing, includes:

  • We recently launched rainbow lanyards for our officers and staff to wear to improve our visibility and raise awareness (due to the demand we ran out of initial supplies within an hour).
  • We have restructured the LGBT+ team to make it sustainable and ensure we are able to deliver tangible and lasting results both internally and externally in our communities.
  • We have started making preparations to host the National Police LGBT Conference in 2020.

What we do

Our team meets regularly to talk about upcoming LGBT+ events, topical issues and to address any concerns. The network consists of a Chair, Deputy Chair and 26 other dedicated team members.

Our work consists of:

  • building on the relationship, general perception and levels of trust of the police within our LGBT+ communities
  • sharing information on support groups and good practice
  • raising awareness of issues faced within LGBT+ communities
  • providing a support service for LGBT+ officers and staff
  • raising awareness of hate crime, domestic abuse,sexual abuse and violence to give victims the confidence to speak to us and increase the reporting of offences.

Services and support

The LGBT+ Liaison team offers the following services and support to the community:

  • attend event you are hosting for community engagement
  • offer support to victim of crime and witness from an LGBT+ officer if you’ve already reported a crime or incident to us. This additional support does not replace your OIC (officer in case) or any other support you may receive from Avon and Somerset Police. We are also unable to allocate an LGBT+ officer to specifically investigate your report
  • licensees can request a visit from the team
  • marketing materials for corporate or not-for-profit organisation

Contact the network

If you have any questions or queries for the network email: lgbt@avonandsomerset.police.uk 

If you are the victim of a crime, or have witnessed an incident, report it:

LGBT+ Network members

 Sergeant Helen Riddell
Sergeant Helen Riddell
Sergeant Stephen Bell
Sergeant Stephen Bell
Constable Christopher Gent
Constable Christopher Gent
Constable Daniel Moulden
Constable Daniel Moulden
Constable Jasmine Lewis
Constable Jasmine Lewis
Constable Joe Collett
Constable Joe Collett
Constable Kate Wildman
Constable Kate Wildman
Constable Leanne Weeks
Constable Leanne Weeks
Constable Neil Tyldesley
Constable Neil Tyldesley
Constable Nicola Coleman
Constable Nicola Coleman
Constable Roseanna Green
Constable Roseanna Green
PCSO Jeanie Thompson
PCSO Jeanie Thompson
Special Constable David Whittaker
Special Constable David Whittaker
Special Constable Simon Henwood
Special Constable Simon Henwood
Special Constable Stephen Jones
Special Constable Stephen Jones
Police Staff Jeron Taylor
Police Staff Jeron Taylor
Police Staff Matt D’Lima Jackson
Police Staff Matt D’Lima Jackson
Police Staff Samantha Berry
Police Staff Samantha Berry
Police Volunteer Ben Hopkins
Police Volunteer Ben Hopkins
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