Message from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the National LGBT+ Police Network.

Together, we represent 43 police forces and their LGBT+ networks in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Channel Islands.  We are inclusive of other law enforcement agencies namely Ministry of defence, British transport police, National crime agency, Civil nuclear constabulary and also have a link in with the citizens in policing portfolio. This ensures that those who volunteer with our police services also have a voice around LGBT+ matters

We launched in 2015 as the National Police LGBT+ network after a few years of there not being a national group to represent LGBT+ people within the police service.

Our aim is to support our LGBT+ colleagues and better serve members of the public who identify as LGBT+. We share a common goal to create a police service that reflects our diverse communities and promotes inclusiveness and equality of opportunity for all LGBT+ colleagues.

We work with other national networks across all strands to ensure we better reflect our police family and this continues to be a really valuable way of signposting and helping those within our workplaces to be themselves and also to get the support or advice they need.

Every member of the networks we represent has their own individual reason for getting involved. For us, it was about stepping up and becoming the role models that would have made our own journeys easier when we first joined the police and to be a voice for those who do not feel able to have one

We have come a long way in accepting LGBT+ people but there is still work to be done. We are committed to making life better for all our colleagues and the public, and the resources on this website explain how we plan to do that.

Best wishes

Tracy O’Hara QPM, Merseyside Police and Clinton Blackburn, City of London Police