Sussex Police work closely with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans
(LGBT) communities to promote equality and encourage the reporting
of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic related hate crime.
Brighton & Hove LGBT Liaison Team
Sussex Police has a network of LGBT Liaison Officers throughout
the districts of Sussex so there are points of contact locally.
Similar to other liaison officer roles, they receive specialist
inputs to raise their knowledge and understanding, and create
awareness around LGB and T issues. These officers act as a point of
contact for LGBT communities and individuals, to build relations to
increase trust, confidence and encourage reporting of crime.
You can watch their video blogs to find out a bit about what they
do and contact them in a number of ways:
If you or someone else is in danger always call
999. In a non-emergency call 101 or:
Brighton & Hove LGBT Police Team
You can keep in touch with Brighton & Hove's dedicated LGBT
Liaison Team via social media.
LGBT Police Team
PC Rich Bridger
LGBT Caseworker Rory Smith
LGBT Police Team
Take a look at their tips and advice on keeping yourself
safe in Brighton & Hove.
Reporting homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate
LGBT hate crime is where someone is targeted because they are,
or are perceived to be gay, lesbian, bi or trans.
We believe that every member of the community has the right to
live without fear of harassment and abuse. If you are a victim of
homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime, you can report
- online, through the True Vision website
- by calling us on 101.
Call 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in
Equality and Diversity
Brighton & Hove Division Commander C/Supt. Nev Kemp is the
force LGBT Equality Champion. C/Supt. Kemp chairs the LGBT
External Reference Group and works to ensure that Sussex Police is
providing the best service to the community. Insp Martin Pattenden
is the force Trans Advocate. Insp Pattenden works to ensure that
the force is meeting the needs of the trans community.
LGBT External Reference Group
Sussex Police are working closely with members of the Lesbian,
Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) community across Sussex. The LGBT
External Reference Group is made up of people from all over the
county and includes people from the council, LGBT charities and
support groups and also independent members of the public.
In close consultation with this group, Sussex Police has put
together an action plan to make sure that we are providing the best
possible service to the LGBT community in Sussex. In addition to
the action plan, this reference group is a way to gain a better
understanding of the community and a good resource to tap into to
make sure that the voice of the public is heard in all of our
As a force priority, we are looking to increase the reporting of
Hate Crime. To try and gain a better understanding of why people
might not feel comfortable with reporting this type of incident to
us, we have worked with the group to put together a survey on LGBT
Hate Crime. From this feedback we have gained a better
understanding of why somebody might not report an LGBT Hate crime
and, if they did, how we might improve their experience of
If you would like to be involved in the LGBT Reference Group
please contact the Diversity Team. The Diversity Team is based at
Sussex Police Headquarters in Lewes. The team works to
support the force equality champions and covers all strands of
diversity including LGBT. You can contact the Diversity Team at the
following email addresses and telephone numbers:
Dermot Torney phone number: 101 Ext. 544556
Keira Woodroofe phone number: 101 Ext 40584
Alternatively you can write to us at:
The Diversity Team, Sussex Police Headquarters, Citizen Focus
and Diversity Branch, Corporate Development Department, Malling
House, Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DZ.