Steve has been one of the force’s LGBT+ Liaison Officers since around 2015 and can be contacted by members of the public who have experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incident for advice and support.
Steve said: “As an LGBT+ Liaison Officers I am able to get out into the community and attend LGBT+ events discussing same sex domestic abuse and how to report hate crimes. I have also advised fellow officers dealing with crimes affecting members of the LGBT+ community and have had the chance to support LGBT+ victims.
“LGBT+ Liaison Officers are so important as victims from the LGBT+ community have the chance to talk to someone who understands what they are going through and can talk to them on the same level. LGBT+ Liaison Officers have been trained to understand the issues facing the LGBT+ community, such as the coming out process - which can be a very stressful time for LGBT+ people and their families.
“LGBT+ Liaison Officers can also offer additional support and specialist advice on LGBT+ issues. They can be a point of contact within the police to make reporting a hate crime or domestic issue easier.
“Members of the LGBT+ community should never feel anxious about contacting the police, but if they do or would like to speak to someone they know will understand the problems and issues facing them, they should not hesitate to ask to speak to an LBGT+ Liaison Officer.”