Force has come top for six years in 'Equality Index'

Hampshire police officers at Gay Pride march in Brighton

Hampshire police officers at Gay Pride march in Brighton

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HAMPSHIRE Constabulary is the top police force in 2013 for gay, lesbian and bisexual people.

The force has come top for six years running in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, which showcases the country’s top gay-friendly employers.

Hampshire Constabulary is 15th in the overall UK index, above any other police force.

There are currently around 100 specialised Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) working across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. They are staff who are dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Inspector Julie Fry, who leads the force’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Resource Group, said: “Our proven track record and consistent high scores in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index are something the whole force should be proud of.

“Our success is driven by those passionate and capable individuals who take on roles additional to their day jobs.

“It’s these Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers, Resource Group members and Sexual Orientation champions, who are helping to improve the service we deliver.”

LAGLOs first appeared in 1996, and the team have already helped the police in many cases, including two murder investigations.

The specialist officers can give informed advice on how to approach potential witnesses and informants. They can often be seen at gay-friendly venues, are on hand to offer advice to anyone with concerns about the community, and to support the victims of hate crime.

Insp Fry said: “This work to build the trust and confidence of LGB&T communities is work we would be doing even if we didn’t enter the Index. To achieve the ongoing recognition from Stonewall is the icing on the cake.”

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