14th January 2020, 14:31
The Royal Gibraltar Police have announced the role of a Liaison Officer for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in Gibraltar and internally in the force. PC Allan Bartram was selected in August last year to take on the role.
The RGP say they wish to reinforce their commitment to eliminating discrimination by building and maintaining good working relationships with all of Gibraltar’s diverse communities, adding they are determined to ensure that the LGBT+ community feels comfortable to engage with the police.
PC Bartram, who will wear the rainbow colours on his epaulettes, will be able to raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the community.
The RGP says while all police officers are able to support the LGBT+ community, the Liaison Officer will provide extra understanding by encouraging the community to report homophobic incidents to police, and to give information and support to victims and witnesses of crimes. He will also positively engage with the LGBT+ community and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and community groups dedicated to LGBT+ issues, as well as advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incidents.
Assistant Commissioner RGP Richard Ullger said: “As an inclusive employer we want to be seen as a diverse team of officers, welcoming those working in our organisation who bring difference, or those who may wish to consider future employment in our organisation". Meanwhile, PC Bartram said: “I am extremely keen and excited to perform this new role and look forward to carrying it out to increase awareness about the needs of the LGBT community in Gibraltar".