Matt has been one of the force’s LBGT+ Liaison Officers for five years and can be contacted by members of the public who have experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incident for advice and support.
He said: “I decided to become an LBGT+ Liaison Officer having seen first-hand some of the problems the LGBT+ community can have to deal with. Having close friends who are gay, I have sadly seen the verbal abuse that they can be subjected to during nights out and I am aware that some members of the community have to deal with this daily.
“I enjoy being an LBGT+ Liaison Officer as not only do I have the chance to support the public from the LGBT+ community, I also am a point of contact for my fellow officers who approach me for advice if they are dealing with an LGBT+ incident.
“I believe that a large proportion of homophobic aggravated offences are not reported with the belief that the police may not take the offence seriously. This is not the case at all; the LGBT+ community should not have to feel embarrassed about coming forward or feel that they won't be listened to. I am just one of a number of LBGT+ Liaison Officers in Hertsmere, we are specialised officers that are here to listen to concerns and support you if you need it.”