Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group

What is the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group?

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group is a partnership approach to tackle homophobia and improve the service provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people by Wiltshire Police and other agencies. 

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group consists of members of the public, police officers, police staff and representatives from other agencies, e.g. the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Wiltshire and Swindon Men's Sexual Health Service. 

Members of the group meet approximately every 2 months in Devizes to work towards the main aims of the group and to address topical issues or any other concerns. Members are also told how many homophobic and transphobic cases have taken place across the county so that any crime patterns or hot spots can be identified and we can discuss how to encourage more victims to come forward and report the incident. 

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group welcomes the views of the public and we are keen to encourage a wider membership. If you are interested, please contact us.

Aims

The main aims of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group are to;

  • Improve the relationship, general perception and levels of trust of the police with lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people
  • Share information and good practice
  • Promote the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group internally within the police and externally
  • Raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT communities and police
  • Work to find solutions to identified problems
  • Support members of LGBT staff in Wiltshire Police
  • Actively recruit and promote Gay Liaison Officers (GLO's)
  • Promote reporting of hate crime
  • Provide advice on critical incidents 

Current issues

The main pieces of work that the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group are currently progressing include;

  • Communicating important community safety messages and to promote 'Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans Action Group' to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
  • Training Wiltshire Police staff to better understand the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
  • Obtaining valuable feedback from victims of hate crime

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