The Metropolitan Police Service will be publicly launching their LGBT Network at this year’s Pride in London.
The LGBT Network is the Met’s newest Staff Support Association, representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) officers and staff.
On Saturday, 25 June around 80 Met officers and staff will be out in force to take part in the Pride in London parade, as a show of support to LGBT communities following the formation of the new Network at New Scotland Yard last month.
This year at Pride they will be teaming up with officers from other UK police forces and security agencies, whilst walking for the first time alongside staff from the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.
Met officers and staff, supported by Robin Wilkinson, Director of People and Change, have been working together to raise awareness and support for their LGBT colleagues. The Network is a dedicated staff association which promotes awareness and inclusively to MPS staff, helping to create a more knowledgeable workforce that can respond to and address crimes or issues affecting members of the LGBT community sensitively, effectively and with confidence.
The Network has been set up to embrace workplace difference, helping to demonstrate the diversity of the Met and its officers and staff. By doing this we seek to make further progress in ensuring the Met is more inclusive, whilst reflecting the diversity of London and being an employer of choice.
PC Anton Brown, the Chair of the Network, said: “This is the culmination of two years’ work, which started with a conversation over a coffee in Berlin at the European Gay Police Association conference in 2014.
“The Met had been lacking in a LGBT staff association for a number of years and after a lot of hard work the Network was finally launched.
“The new staff association will represent LGBT matters in the Met, promoting recruitment and delivering training to LGBT liaison officers. It will also provide access to local and national events, promote reporting and provide support to members who have suffered LGBT crimes or bullying.
“The Network will also work with the LGBT community to signpost members of the public to support services.”
For more information at the LGBT Network follow the team @MetLGBTNetwork and to contact the team email: MetLGBTNetwork@met.pnn.police.uk