Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) are police officers and staff who are dedicated to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) communities.
All police officers and staff in Hampshire Constabulary are able to serve and support people from LGB&T communities. LAGLOs provide an enhanced level of understanding, working with communities and colleagues to serve the LGB&T communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
There are around 90 LAGLOs in the force based in police stations and offices across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and from all departments. This includes the frontline, our Control Room and Force Enquiry Centre amongst many others.
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Take part in our biggest ever survey on how the issues of hate crime, domestic abuse and sexual assault affect the LGB&T community. The results of this survey will not only give us an important insight in to how many people experience these issues but will also give us vital information on why people sometimes choose not to report these incidents to the police.
Stonewall, the leading LGB&T rights organisation said: 'We know that many LGB&T people still experience hate crime or abuse and that far too often it goes unreported. We are pleased Hampshire Constabulary is conducting this important research to help them better understand the experiences of LGB&T people in Hampshire and how they can best support LGB&T victims of crime.'
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What do LAGLOs do?
The role is varied and includes close working with the LGB&T communities in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
They work to build trust and confidence, encourage people to report homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and support LGB&T witnesses and victims of crime.
You may often see LAGLOs visiting your local LGB&T venues, community groups and events, where they run beat surgeries to find out your concerns and help foster good relations with the community.
LAGLOs are also on hand to advise police colleagues dealing with cases that affect LGB&T communities and can act as a link between the two, helping them to share information.
Set up in 1996, the role has already proved important in helping police in many cases, including two murder investigations where LAGLOs were able to give informed advice on how to approach potential witnesses.
How to contact a LAGLO
In an emergency, if a crime is happening or the offender is nearby, call 999.
If it's less urgent, call us on 101 and ask to speak with a LAGLO.
We will treat what you tell us sensitively and in confidence.
We have LAGLO staff and officers in our Force Enquiry Centre and Control Room so that you can speak to one when you first call. They will be able to take the details of any incident and provide support and reassurance.
To contact a LAGLO in your local area for non-urgent advice either ring 101 and ask to leave a message for them to contact you or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your message will be emailed on to the LAGLO who will deal with your enquiry when they are next on duty.