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Force Signs up to Rainbow Laces Campaign to Tackle Homophobia

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PCC with Emma Roebuck (Chief Officer GADD) and Frontline Police Officers undertaking LGB&T Hate Crime Training

Cleveland Police has pledged to tackle homophobia, biphobia and transphobia by signing up to the national Stonewall rainbow laces campaign.

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger ‘laced up’ to show his support together with members of the Cleveland Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Network and frontline officers from Cleveland Police and Local Authorities.

The laces were handed out during the first of a series of training sessions funded by the Commissioner to raise awareness of LGB&T hate crime.

The sessions are aimed at frontline staff from within Cleveland Police and Local Authorities, and focus on raising awareness of the issues and giving staff the knowledge and confidence to tackle LGB&T hate crime and incidents and to better understand the devastating impact this sort of behaviour can have on victims.

The training forms part of a series of recommendations made in a report commissioned by Mr Coppinger into improving the confidence of LGB&T communities to report hate crime and incidents.

Other measures being implemented are an awareness campaign within LGB&T communities as to how to report hate crime and incidents including information on the hate crime process, together with work to improve links with LGB&T communities through the recently established LGB&T Network.

Mr Coppinger said: “It is almost unbelievable that in 21st century Britain some people still don’t feel that they can live their lives freely due to fear of being persecuted for who they are.

“Targeting someone because of their sexuality is cowardly and it is unacceptable and it will not be tolerated, by Cleveland Police or by any of our partnership agencies.

“Today we are sending the message out to LGB&T communities across Cleveland that we will support you if you report incidents to us and we will deal robustly with perpetrators.”

 

Posted on Wednesday 14th October 2015
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