LGBT Communities

Advice and Support – LGBT Communities

“Cheshire Constabularies priorities as a police service are not only to keep everyone within our communities safe by robustly tackling all hate crime, including homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, but to assist every person within our LGBT+ communities to live their lives authentically and without prejudice.

All of Cheshire Police’s services are inclusive of our LGBT communities. On this page, we promote our services to members of Cheshire communities who are LGBT, and highlight some of the engagement the force participates in and how you can get involved."

Acting Deputy Chief Constable Darren Martland – Senior LGBT Champion

Chester Pride

Chester Pride is one of the biggest LGBT+ events held in Cheshire. Not only do we assist with policing Pride, Cheshire Police also actively participate within the parade with over 60 police officers, staff, family and friends marching in 2017’s parade.

Reporting Hate Crime

Bullying, harassment or abuse due to someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity is hate crime. If you have been verbally or physically abused, harassed or attacked in any way by someone because they think you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, please help yourself and the community by reporting these crimes. Find out more on out Hate Crime page.

You can also report by contacting the LGBT Foundation’s Helpline on 0345 330 3030. The LGBT Foundation is a hate crime reporting centre and they have trained volunteers to help you report hate crime. The foundation is based in Manchester, with the support of our colleagues in Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Cheshire Police train officers in how to combat and deal with crimes against members of the LGBT community and combating homophobia and transphobia is the main focus for the LGBT liaison officers within the Force.

The officers’ role includes helping to develop a better understanding of LGBT communities and encouraging people within those communities to interact with the police. They also encourage the LGBT community to report incidents against them and provide help and assistance to victims.

We often hold LGBT drop in sessions across the county area, hosted by Local Policing Units. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for further details.

Cheshire Constabulary has been named as the top police force in the country for equality amongst lesbian, gay, bi and transgender staff within the Stonewall Top 100 Employers index. 

For further information on recruitment/job opportunities, please keep an eye on social media accounts, as well as our jobs page.

Potential applicants from the LGBT+ community are also invited to join our in house Insight Programme.

We also have a very active staff network who can be contacted for support/advice regarding recruitment and Cheshire Constabulary as an inclusive employer – LGBT@cheshire.pnn.police.uk

Silver Rainbows - http://www.silverrainbows.com/ - Cheshire based network for older LGBT+ people

Trans Warrington - http://www.transwarrington.com/ - Trans community group

Body Positive - http://www.bpcnw.co.uk/home/index.html – Cheshire based sexual health advisory service

 

Further Information and Support

  • If you need to contact police in an emergency, always dial 999.
  • If you want to contact us about any LGBT+ issue, and it is not an emergency, please call 101.

Domestic Abuse - Domestic abuse can affect anyone regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or social background. If you are suffering from physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse, or are being threatened, intimidated or stalked by a current or previous partner or family member, it’s likely you’re a victim of domestic abuse.

For further advice please visit our dedicated Domestic Abuse web page.

There is also support and information available from the national LGBT charity Stonewall or via Galop, an LGBT+ anti-violence charity.

Mental Health – Whilst attitudes to LGBT+ communities are improving, factors such as homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and harassment can cause a rise in mental ill health within LGBT individuals and communities.

Support can be found with Mind Mental Health Charitythe NHS and on our web page.