Have Your Say on The LGB&T Police Surgery...
Publish Date: 05/11/2013
What is the LGB&T Police Surgery?
For many years, Greater Manchester Police have been providng a vital support service to the LGB&T community who live, work and socialise in Manchester and have committed to providing a regular weekly service at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre, in the form of a drop-in every Thursday evening.
GMP Community PC’s and Support Officers are available to help with any issues you feel the police can help with such as hate crime, harassment, cruising, nuisance neighbours and homophobia.
If you have in the past felt uneasy about speaking to the police, perhaps because of the past history between the community and the police then this is what the surgery is for, to support you, continue to build those bridge by providing the community with the support they need delivered in a safer community setting.
Who we help
Here are just two of the people we have helped though the police advice surgery;
David* had experienced homophobic and racist abuse in the village, and wanted to report it. However he was worried about speaking to the police as he didn’t want them going to his house, as he was concerned about being identified by his neighbours.
David came to the police surgery to speak about these issues in a safe and confidential environment. David also went onto access our counselling service which had a positive impact on his mental wellbeing.
We also helped David with other issues he was having such as improving his lifeskills, such as cooking, and signposted him to other organisations. We came along with David to the first couple of cookery sessions to ensure that he felt safe and supported.
Jane has been a victim of a number of verbal homophobic attacks and was concerned that these would escalate as she often worked late shifts, ending after midnight.
Jane had reported the homophobic attacks to the police but felt that she wasn’t getting the support she needed. Although the police were logging the crimes, as they were happening in her house, she was told needed to speak to her housing association as it was a matter to be resolved through them.
We worked with Jane to find out more about the Housing Association and their neighbour nuisance polices. Jane then spoke to them and made an appointment to help resolve the issue.
Alongside the police we printed off the policies, and helped Jane understand what the Housing Association was obliged to do.
After speaking to the Housing Association, Jane then came back to access our free legal surgery to get further information and support, as well as coming back to the police surgery to understand some of the issues.
The Police also gave Jane advice regarding safety in the home and keeping a log of the abuse. We also helped her craft a letter to her employer describing the situation, what action had been taken, and to inform her employers of any impact on her work.
Jane also went onto access counselling and support, which had a very positive impact on her wellbeing. Jane now attends one of our groups.
The police advice surgery is held every Thursday evening between 6pm and 8pm at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. No appointment is necessary just come along on the night. For more information, call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 from 10am-10pm every day.
*Names changed due to the sensitive nature of the subjects.