PCC Praises Constabulary Work with Diverse Communities
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, recently praised Hertfordshire Constabulary for its ongoing commitment to eliminate discrimination and build and maintain good working relationships with all of the county’s diverse communities.

An engagement conference was recently held by the Constabulary as part of (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender+) LGBT History Month (February) to bring police officers and staff up to date with the current issues affecting LGBT+ communities and to encourage victims to report homophobic or transphobic incidents to police.

It was attended by a large number of the force’s Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs*) - who have been specially trained to support people from LGBT+ communities  - and officers and staff who are likely to work with, are part of, or have an interest the LGBT+ community.

David Lloyd said: “Our police force must reflect the society it serves and Hertfordshire Constabulary has taken great steps to eliminate discrimination, prejudice and offer equal opportunities to all.

“Hearing from victims who have experienced hate crime, and from experts from voluntary organisations, will enable officers and staff to understand the needs of all our communities in Hertfordshire as well as their colleagues.

“I encourage this work to continue so that the force can provide an exceptional service to all residents, no matter what their background or circumstances.” 

Hertfordshire Constabulary has dedicated teams which represent the county’s wide ranging communities covering sexual orientation and transgender, age, religion and belief, race, disability and gender.

The conference was organised by the Force LGBT Development Team, the group that represents sexual orientation and transgender.
*What do 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
The force’s 80 LAGLOs consist of police officers and Police Community Support Officers (PSCOs) and are based all over the county.They 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 our website: www.herts.police.uk/laglo