As part of our Hate Crime Awareness campaign this week we are focusing on sexuality and gender hate crime. Today we are sharing the work of Avon and Somerset Police's LGBT liaison team, made up of officers and staff who volunteer to be part of the team.
We work across the force, taking part in a range of activities:
Sergeant Helen Riddell tells us more:
“Our primary aim is to be outward facing and to increase confidence within the LGBT community to come to the police when they have concerns, and to make sure we support then in the most appropriate way according to their individual needs.
Team members regularly attend local Hate Crime monitoring meetings and provide up to date statistics to those around the table. We also take part in multi-agency assessments of those cases giving the most high risk concerns. These are complex and demand the greatest collaborative working practices to achieve a solution for those involved.”
How to report a hate crime and where to get advice
Anyone with information about a hate crime is asked to report it either by calling 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency or in person at a police station.
If you feel you can speak to us, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone or in person, however if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can complete our online reporting form.
If you don’t want to contact us directly please use an independent agency or report it online at www.report-it.org.uk