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Introducing Portsmouths newest LAGLOs

Alert message sent 07/03/2019 14:16:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Last week at Portsmouth Guildhall we introduced 5 new local LAGLO’s (Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers) to community groups and residents in the city taking the number of LAGLO’s for Portsmouth up to twenty
 
It was a great turnout with more than twenty people coming along to speak to us.
 
Hampshire Constabulary is committed to reducing crime and the fear of crime, making public places safer, and increasing public confidence. Incidents of a homophobic or transphobic nature are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

We aim to record, investigate and detect all homophobic and transphobic incidents, so if you have been a target of hate crime, because you are, or have been perceived to be, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender we would encourage you to report it.

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LAGLO’s as they are known, are a mix of police officers and police staff members who have additional awareness, understanding and training on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

Their role includes enhancing the relationship between the police and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in an effort to boost people’s trust and confidence in coming forward to report hate crime incidents and/or incidents of same sex domestic abuse. They also work to develop ways in which the constabulary can improve its service delivery.

Established in 1996, the role has proved to be a huge asset in progressing a number of investigations, including murder investigations. LAGLO’s are able to give informed advice on how to approach and develop potential witnesses and informants.


LAGLO’s also visit gay and gay friendly venues frequently to help foster good relations with the community and listen to local concerns.

How to report LGB&T crime

You or a friend can report information to us anonymously about hate crimes or incidents without having to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity. If it’s not urgent, call 101 and ask to speak to a LAGLO.

Minicom users can call 18001 101. In an emergency, always call 999. Information can also be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Visit the True Vision website – www.report-it.org.uk/home – to get more information about hate crime and how to report it.

 
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James Pusey (Police, Corporate Communications, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)

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