Sexuality and Gender Diversity. Working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
The NSW Police Force supports Wear it Purple 2014. This Friday – August 29 – police officers across the state will be wearing purple wristbands and talking to community members and young people in schools and at major public transport sites about the importance of supporting diversity. Young people have the right to be who they are without fear of judgement, discrimination and violence.
The NSW Police Force works in partnership with community organisations and government agencies on programs and events to support safety within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities.
All police can respond to crime and it is important to report a matter as soon as possible. However, should you wish to speak to an officer with specific expertise or training, the following specialist roles may be of assistance:
- The GLLO Program – officers based in many Local Area Commands across the state who are trained in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues and can offer follow-up support for victims of crime. Please note, not all police stations have a GLLO. Please report crime as soon as possible to any police officer. You can ask for a GLLO to contact you after you have reported a crime.
- School Liaison Police and Youth Liaison Officers across NSW can assist with a range of youth issues including bullying and harrasment, education on these issues and support for victims.
- Domestic Violence Liaison Officers receive training on LGBTI experiences of domestic and family violence and can offer follow-up support if you are a victim of such crime.
Note: If you would like to know who your closest GLLO is, contact your local police station and ask if they have a GLLO. GLLO stands for Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer but these officers also liaise with bisexual, transgender, intersex people and anyone identifying as sex, sexuality or gender diverse or questioning their identity.
Some specific initiatives are outlined below, however for further information contact the Senior Programs Officer, Sexuality and Gender Diversity on 02 9768 0739 or 02 9285 3678.
Bring violence out of the closet
This information resource was produced to assist members of sexuality and gender diverse communities report domestic and family violence to the police. This compact z card provides community members with an outline of what to expect should they report domestic or family violence to the police. It clarifies key roles within the police and offers a number of external referrals for additional support.
Copies of this card are available through Domestic Violence Liaison Officers at many Local Area Commands.
The police have participated in Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since 1996. Each year the police enter a marching contingent into the famous Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, accompanied by the NSW Police Band. Many participants are GLLOs or officers who undertake GLLO duties, supporting inclusive workplace practice and diversity within the community.
The NSW Police Force has participated in Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since 1996.
The NSW Police Force Policy on Sexuality and Gender Diversity 2011-2014 makes a commitment to working productively with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities to prevent and reduce crime and the fear of crime.
Work has commenced to review and renew this policy commitment for the 2015-2018 period.
The NSW Police Force is committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities by:
- Encouraging and supporting these communities in reporting incidents of violence, crime and anti-social behaviour towards or involving members of the community;
- Ensuring the provision of high quality, professional policing services;
- Building and maintaining effective partnerships;
- Ensuring a supportive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex employees and those performing gay and lesbian liaison duties.
This is an initiative to encourage members of the transgender community to report violence to the police. Victims of crime can also report to The Gender Centre through the TAVP and request advocacy to assist them to report to the police.