Sussex Police work closely with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
Trans (LGBT) community to promote equality and encourage the
reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic related hate
Brighton & Hove LGBT Liaison Team
Brighton & Hove have a dedicated LGBT Liaison Team who focus
on this specific part of the community. 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
Supt. Laurence Taylor is the Force LGBT equality champion.
Supt. Taylor chairs the LGBT External Reference Group and works to
ensure that Sussex Police is providing the best service to the
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
David Tonkin Phone: 101 Ext. 45330
Melinda King Phone: 101 Ext. 45570
Keira Woodroofe Phone 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