Entries by Scot Anderson

National LGBT+ Police Network Social Media

The National LGBT+ Police Network have implemented a new communications strategy for 2022-2023, within which are new guidelines for our social media. Communications Lead Paul Bloomer explains, Police officers have a duty to protect the public and keep people safe. This of course extends to our network’s members and people who come to our communication […]

Blog | The Power of Love – PC Paul Bloomer

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT) is a day which aims to unite our community against the hate that’s directed towards LGBT+ people. There are many tools at our disposal for fighting hate; education, raising awareness, creating empathy and understanding are powerful drivers for positive change in society. One thing that is often […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – PC Al Smith

I grew up in rural Devon during the introduction of Section 28 and remember the anti-gay tabloid headlines very well. I realised I was gay when I was 11 and was bullied throughout my time at school for being different. Unsurprisingly, I didn’t feel able to ‘come out’ until I’d escaped to university. I was […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – PC Adrian Tyson

My career in Cumbria police started in 1997 as a crime inputter before joining as a police officer in 1999 (seems a lifetime ago). I’d been surrounded by the police environment all of my life with my dad having been a police officer and I was lucky to work with him for the last 2 […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – PC Steph Lawrence

This is the first blog I’ve shared about me. As usual I wasn’t going to take part, but then I felt inspired by others on our national team to do so. Bizarrely I actually feel quite nervous doing this. Starting Out: From a very young age I knew I was different, I preferred the company […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – PC Amy Tapping

At school I knew I wasn’t like the others; I didn’t want a boyfriend, I loved playing sports and climbing trees, I was awesome on a bucking bronco! My mother getting me to wear a dress always resulted in an argument and me sulking for the day – it didn’t stop me riding the bucking […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – DCC Vanessa Jardine

If you had told me 27 years ago when I joined the police that one day I would be writing about being gay, I would have recoiled in horror. I was always a tomboy, one of my earliest memories is playing football with my best friend, me in my beloved Manchester City kit and Brian […]

Blog | LGBT History Month – PS Louise Beale

I am in the final few months of my full time role as General Secretary of the Scottish LGBTI Police Association, a full time role within Police Scotland. I have been a police officer for just over 15 years, starting my policing career in West Yorkshire Police and very much in the closet. It was […]