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"I am delighted to be the LGBT Champion for Sussex Police. I have 29 years police service starting my career in the Metropolitan Police at Whitechapel. I transferred to Sussex in 1997 and have been lucky enough to have worked in East & West Sussex, Gatwick Airport and Brighton and Hove. I am keen to see the relationship between the police and LGBT Communities continue to improve and develop. We have achieved so much but there is still much to do."

Superintendent Dave Padwick, Equality Champion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equality work in Sussex Police, who works alongside Equality Advocates Inspector Adele Tucknott and Inspector Mark Evans, and Sergeant Peter Allan who is leads on Trans equality.


  • To become an employer of choice for the LGBT community and ensure there is equality in support, and career development opportunities for LGBT staff and officers.
  • To create an organisational culture that values the importance of LGBT staff and officers to feel supported and encouraged to be themselves in the workplace.
  • To provide support to LGBT individuals and communities in accessing policing services, and improving trust and confidence to report hate crimes and incidents.
  • To demonstrate the force's commitment to providing visible leadership on LGBT equality issues and providing equitable policing services to LGBT individuals and communities.

Our work in this area

As a public service:

Priority areas in service delivery for LGBT Equality include tackling hate crime and eliminating barriers to reporting. Gaining insight on public experiences is central to developing our approach.

A key part of this work involves engaging with people in our communities and regular consultation with our LGBT External Reference Group (ERG)*. The ERG acts as a joint internal and external reference group. The group has helped to inform a range of policing activities; including our Hate Crime Action Plan, the Public Sexual Activity Policy, delivery of LGBT awareness days, and scrutiny around the delivery of specific operations and communications.

*If you would like to help Sussex Police improve its service by becoming a member of the LGBT External Reference Group email us:

LGBT Liaison Officers (LGBT LO):

LGBT LOs are established across the force. Similar to other liaison officer roles, they receive specialist inputs to raise their knowledge and understanding, and create awareness in LGB and T issues. LGBT LOs will act as a point of contact for LGBT communities and individuals, to build relations to increase trust, confidence and encourage reporting of crime.

As an employer:

The diversity staff support group for LGB is the Gay Police Association (GPA). This is chaired by Foundation Trainer Jane Carter. The GPA provide support for LGBT employees in the workplace and is a network to identify organisational challenges and opportunities for LGB staff and officers. The GPA also supports the organisation by challenging our policies and processes which may impact on LGBT communities and individuals.

Sussex Police launched their Proud Allies employee network in Summer 2014 with the purpose of supporting LGBT equality in the workplace to visibly support officers and staff who may still feel marginalised or unable to be themselves because of their sexuality or gender identity.

If you work at Sussex Police and would like to become a member of the GPA, or more information about Proud Allies, email us: