Hertfordshire Police sends supportive message to Dacorum’s LGBTQ+ community

The force has issued this today (May 17) as part of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).

Tuesday, 17th May 2022, 4:04 pm
Updated Tuesday, 17th May 2022, 4:28 pm

Hertfordshire Constabulary has sent a message of support to LGBTQ+ people who live in Dacorum and across the county.

Today (May 17) is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) which draws attention to the discrimination and violence LGBTQ+ people experience across the globe.

Local Policing Command Superintendent Clare Smith is the strategic lead for LGBT+ for Hertfordshire Police.

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Today (May 17) is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

She says that she wants to reaffirm the police’s commitment to supporting the community.

Superintendent Smith said: “We are proud of our strong links with local LGBT+ community groups and our officers regularly attend meetings with the community to understand and address the issues affecting them.”

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She added: “Our dedicated LGBT+ Network plays a key role in this. They are a support network that not only provides support to our LGBT+ colleagues but engages with local LGBT+ groups to ensure their voice is being heard by the police.

Superintendent Smith also explained that courts can give more severe sentences to people who have committed a hate crime.

She encouraged anyone who has been a victim of such a crime to come forward and they will be supported by dedicated LGBT+ liaison officers.

“Remember, being different is not a crime but being victimised because of it is. We are here for you and we will continue doing everything we can to make Hertfordshire a safer place for the LGBT+ community,” she said.

She urged anyone who needs non-urgent advice to speak to an LGBT+ Liaison Officer by calling 101.