PC Gary Bentley has been a police officer for more than 16 years and is based within the Professional Development Unit in Stevenage where he works as an assessor of new recruits. He is also Chair of the Herts Christian Police Association.
He has been one of the force’s LBGT+ Liaison Officers since 2012 and can be contacted by members of the public who have experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incident for advice and support.
PC Bentley said: 'I decided I wanted to become an LBGT+ Liaison Officer because I have many gay friends who tell me about the issues they face both at home and at work. I wanted to do something to help.
'This unique role concentrates on a specific section of the community and helps to break down perceived barriers between them and the police.
'We are here to help and do all we can to assist and discretion will always be used where necessary.'