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Wednesday February 10

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

LGBT Caseworker Rory Smith

PC Sarah Laker


LGBT Police Team

PC Sarah Laker

Take a look at their tips and advice on keeping yourself safe in Brighton & Hove.

Reporting homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crime

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 it:

  • online, through the True Vision website
  • by calling us on 101.

Call 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

Equality and Diversity

LGBT Champions


C/Supt Nev Kemp

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 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 plans.

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 reporting.

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:

The Diversity Team, Sussex Police Headquarters, Citizen Focus and Diversity Branch, Corporate Development Department, Malling House, Church Lane, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2DZ.

Useful links

LGBT safety leaflet (PDF)

True Vision

Youtube - LGBT videos

Click here to see Sussex Police's priorities for LGBT equality and engagement in local communities.