Mark has been one of the force’s LBGT+ Liaison Officers for six years. He decided to take on the role of LBGT+ Liaison Officer as he was keen to help his police colleagues to understand the needs and issues facing the LGBT community and to be able to offer support and assistance to members of the public who have experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incidents.
Mark said: “I decided to take on the role of LBGT+ Liaison Officer as I understand how the LGBT+ community can be hard to reach and how some people might be nervous about talking to the police because they are concerned that they might not be taken seriously.
“Every police officer will treat every single member of the community whatever their race, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual orientation with respect and dignity. However, as LBGT+ Liaison Officers we have been specially trained to fully understand the needs and issues facing the LGBT+ community and members of the public who have experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime may feel more comfortable talking to us.
“Since I have been a LBGT+ Liaison Officer, I have advised fellow officers who are dealing with victims from the LGBT+ community, supported victims and have even advised a family who were struggling with the news that their son was coming out as gay.
“Members of the LGBT community should never feel anxious about approaching the police for assistance, but if you do the Constabulary’s LBGT+ Liaison Officers are here for you.”