The Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned a piece of work to look at the barriers to reporting hate crime in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community.
This is part of wider work to tackle hate crime and improve services for victims.
One of the key recommendations of the report was additional training for front line staff from within the police and other community safety organisations on awareness of the LGB&T community, hate crime and the impact of LGB&T hate crime on victims. The recommendation was that this was delivered by a community group with experience of the LGB&T community.
Gay Advice Darlington and Durham work within both Durham and the Tees Valley area providing support to the LGB&T community, in particular regarding hate crime.
This funding will allow the delivery of five half day training sessions to front line police and community safety staff on awareness of the LGB&T community, hate crime and the impact of LGB&T hate crime on victims.