PCC Raises the Rainbow Flag for IDAHOBiT Day
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire raised the rainbow flag at his office on May 17th to show his support for IDAHOBiT Day (International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia).

IDAHOBiT Day was created in 2004 and is celebrated on this date every year to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities.

Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Homophobia, transphobia and biphobia unfortunately still exist and raising the flag at my office shows my support for these groups. I commend the Constabulary’s continued positive engagement with the LGBT community, particularly through the work of LAGLOs.

Victims are at the heart of my new Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan and I find it unacceptable for people to be treated unjustly because of who they are or what they believe in. I am pleased to underline the great work of our trained officers who provide round the clock, tailored, practical and emotional support via services such as Hertfordshire Victim Care Centre, Beacon.”

As part of this important date on the LGBT calendar, Herts Constabulary is taking the opportunity to remind the public about its Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs).

What LAGLOs do

The Constabulary’s 80 LAGLOs are police officers and staff who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT communities.  All police officers are able to support the LGBT community, but LAGLOs are in place to provide additional support and understanding.

LAGLOs aim to:

  • encourage the LGBT community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes
  • positively engage with LGBT communities and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and key community groups dedicated to LGBT issues
  • advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic incidents
  • raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT community
LAGLOs can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of a LAGLO can then be requested if required. Further information about the LAGLOs can be found on the Herts Constabulary  website: www.herts.police.uk/laglo
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been a victim of crime, you can speak with a member of the Beacon victim service team on 03000 11 55 55 or submit an email to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org

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