We are the Police staff association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans individuals. We were formed in 2003 as the Gay Police Association. In 2017 we rebranded as the LGBT Network to reflect our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Our aim is to help every LGBT+ staff member, whether they are Police Officers or Support Staff feel that they can be their true self at work. We believe that if Police officers and staff are able to be themselves then ultimately we do a better job.
We want to be a voice for police, staff, and the LGBT community within the Police Service. To improve visibility of LGBT people and issues within our service. We aim to help our senior leadership create an inclusive atmosphere that permeates throughout the entire organisation, making the Police service a better place for LGBT employees.
We also want to be representative of the community and improve trust in the Police amongst LGBT people. We engage with the public at events such as Belfast Pride, encouraging them to report hate crime and showing the wider community that the Police service does indeed value and care about the LGBT community including its staff members. We know that young LGBT people are more likely to self-harm or be bullied, so by putting ourselves forward as role models to those young people, we show that you can be Gay or Lesbian and be in the PSNI, Trans+ people are welcome and being bisexual is not a barrier to joining the service.
We have and will continue to provide advice and assistance to our organisation and staff in all matters of equality, mainly dealing with LGBT matters.
We are also part of the UK National and European Police LGBT networks. Being affiliated with these networks helps us form strong links with other Police services and partner agencies, which enables us to learn from others and ensure our policies and procedures are current best practice. We have attended conferences in Manchester, London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Leeds, engaging with colleagues from other Police services from all corners of the globe. We also enjoy excellent relations with our colleagues in An Garda Siochana, including joint social events and training.
We would encourage all members of the LGBT community within the Police family and those that are friends and allies to the LGBT community to become involved in the LGBT Network. Help us make our network better for everyone. Please email zlgbt to join our mailing list and stay up to date with details on Social Events, Conferences and training opportunities. We look forward to you joining us.
The Committee – PSNI LGBT Network