Chief Inspector Lee Broadstock
Co-Chair of the National LGBT+ Police Network
About Chief Inspector Lee Broadstock
I am a uniformed Chief Inspector at Greater Manchester Police and have previously worked within a neighbourhood policing capacity. This involved covering the village area of Manchester city centre which has one of the most vibrant LGBT+ night time economy areas in the country, famous for Canal Street and also home to a number of LGBT+ community organisations and charities.
I had socialised for years in LGBT+ spaces and particularly in the village area of Manchester and always considered the area to be a safe and welcoming space. It was when working in and around the village that I saw the issues of targeted hate and discrimination still used against members of the LGBT+ community. I became increasingly passionate and determined to improve how GMP tackled LGBT+ issues and to improve the relationship between the LGBT+ community and the police in Greater Manchester and beyond.
I joined the Gay Police Association and the internal staff network in 2005 and that year marched for the first time at Manchester Pride. I continued to join the Police With Pride team at Manchester Pride but did not get actively involved in the network until 2011 when I was approached by a colleague who was suffering from LGBT+ bullying and discrimination from his shift. At that time the Gay Police Association was no longer functioning or providing support to colleagues, and our internal staff network had stalled due to its founder Julie Barnes-Frank having retired.
I wasn’t prepared to accept anyone within the police being subject to any form of bullying and discrimination, and it is fair to say that this really ignited the fire within to ensure that this was challenged at all levels and staff felt supported.
I was elected as chair of the network and I refreshed and relaunched the network as the GMP Pride Network, it previously being called LAGSA (Lesbian And Gay Staff Affiliation). I felt that it was the right time for the network to move towards being more LGBT+ inclusive – the feedback from some LGBT+ colleagues had been that they did not feel the network supported or represented them.
The support I received when refreshing our network from my colleagues in our region (the North West) was amazing and I have made some lifetime friends as a result. The working relationship that was active in the North West as the ‘Police with Pride’ team helped to inspire and create the new structure and organisation we have now as the National LGBT+ Police Network.
I am really proud of how we have progressed both within the force and nationally. In GMP I am particularly proud of some of the firsts we have achieved, including the launch of the world’s first rainbow liveried police car.
At a national level it is so inspiring to work alongside some amazing people within forces that are determined to improve the lives of LGBT+ people.
Lee is also a trustee of the LGBT Foundation in Manchester and an LGBT+ advisor to the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham.
Police Constable Steph Lawrence
Co-Chair of the National LGBT+ Police Network
About Police Constable Steph Lawrence
I have been a police officer for 17 years, and a public servant for 28 years. In every service I’ve worked I have had involvement with staff networks, so it seemed natural to continue this in policing. I started chairing my local LGBT+ network in 2015, I received an award from our local pride organisation for services to the public in 2018. For me stepping up and helping to lead the network is more of a moral and ethical duty as opposed to one of personal interest, or organisational gain. I am a huge believer that if you serve others well you will receive ultimate fulfilment. I fully understand the pain caused by discrimination and other adverse behaviours, this personal history drives me forward in doing more to support others, with a determined will to minimise the harm caused to all involved.
I applied for my current national position because I really wanted to make a difference in policing, as I now enter into the last quarter of my policing career – although I’m not going anywhere soon. It is important we ensure we have the right people in policing, I do know & have confidence that most of our people are decent to the core. It is vitally important we make policing an unwelcome place for the harm doers and those who behave in a prejudicial manner towards others. I could not be more determined in my day to day role in making this happen.
I’m delighted to be working with such a remarkable, professional, resilient, & knowledgeable group of colleagues, who I know will help me to raise our people higher when they feel downtrodden, undervalued & personally attacked. There are times when I do stumble, but for some reason I always manage to find my feet and pick myself back up again – with even more gusto & determination. Let us raise everyone higher, to be the very best they can be, which will ultimately deliver the best possible service to the public! Not only do I consider this appointment a significant personal challenge, but the greatest honour of my professional working life.