One of the Association’s strategic priorities is to champion the benefits of embracing difference and inclusivity in the service, particularly amongst our membership, and to work to bring about positive change in these areas.
A dedicated representative for LGBT issues sits on the Association’s National Executive Committee and this role is currently held by Det Supt Clint Blackburn, force lead for Surrey Police on domestic abuse, multi-agency safeguarding, sexual violence, vulnerable adults and LGBT.
The Association’s activities are focused on five key themes:
Specific work under way already includes:
As well as representing the Association at Brighton and Hove Pride (see photo above), the UK’s biggest Pride Festival, Clint also attended the National Police LGBT Conference which saw a record number of attendees including many chief officers.
ACC Julie Cooke has taken over the NPCC LGBT portfolio lead from CC Jane Sawyers who retired in June. ACC Cooke is very supportive of the Association and keen to work with us, and Clint welcomes suggestions from the membership on issues we can work with her on. Members can contact him on Clinton.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clint also chairs the south-east region of the National LGBT+ Police Network. More information on the Network can be found at www.lgbtpolice.uk.