Herts police and fire service raise rainbow flag for LGBT+ community

PUBLISHED: 12:48 22 August 2020

Herts Fire and Rescue and police holding the LGBT+ flag. Picture: Herts police

Herts Fire and Rescue and police holding the LGBT+ flag. Picture: Herts police

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Yesterday, Hertfordshire Constabulary has joined with the fire and rescue service to raise the rainbow flag in solidarity with the LGBT+ community for Herts Pride.

Inspector Steve Alison and PC Sandra Smith from the constabulary’s LGBT+ Network, joined their emergency services colleagues at the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Hertford.

The event, which was socially distanced, was an opportunity to celebrate the barriers that the LGBT+ community have overcome throughout recent history as well as to discuss and share ideas around how the services can better support the LGBT+ community – including both local residents and their own workforces.

Inspector Steve Alison, Chair of the Herts Police LGBT+ Network, said: “It was great to meet up with our colleagues in the fire and rescue service to recognise the importance of supporting the LGBT+ community.

“Every year we attend Herts Pride and it’s always a fantastic event where we can meet the local LGBT+ community face-to-face and gain a better understanding of the issues affecting them. Unfortunately, the pandemic means the event has been cancelled this year but I want the local LGBT+ community to know that we are still here for you.

“The constabulary has dedicated LGBT+ Liaison Officers who are specially trained to help the LGBT+ community. If you want to speak to an LGBT+ Liaison Officer for non-urgent advice, call the non-emergency number 101 or contact us online at herts.police.uk/contact and ask to leave a message for them to contact you. In an emergency or if a crime is on-going, report it immediately via 999. The support of an LGBT+ Officer can then be requested if required.

“Remember, being different is not a crime but being victimised because of it is. We are here to support you and you will always be taken seriously.”

Hate crimes are crimes like any other, but that have the added distinction that the victim was targeted because of their disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity and can be reported on 101 and herts.police.uk/Report or 999 if a crime is ongoing.

For more information about hate crime, visit hertsagainsthate.org.


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