Herts Police supports LGBT awareness day

PUBLISHED: 15:00 20 May 2017

LAGLO Welwyn Hatfield's Adrian Pomfrett.

LAGLO Welwyn Hatfield's Adrian Pomfrett.

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Hertfordshire Constabulary flew a rainbow flag at headquarters across Welwyn Hatfield and other areas to support International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBiT).

The day – now annually celebrated on May 17 – was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policy-makers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people internationally.

As part of the initiative, the force is reminding people of the role Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLO) play in the county’s communities.

Welwyn Hatfield’s Adrian Pomfrett said: “I decided to become a LAGLO after working in the force’s hate crime unit as I recognised how this area of the community might feel anxious about talking to police if they experienced a homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incident.

“The role of a LAGLO is such an important one as we have been specially trained to support victims of crime from the LGBT community and understand the issues facing them – so they feel they can trust us and will be taken seriously.”

For more information about how to report hate crime, visit http://www.herts.police.uk/advice/hate_crime.aspx

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