Police officers’ video tackles homophobic abuse

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OFFICERS from Hampshire Constabulary have joined gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender colleagues in a video for a national campaign.

The It Gets Better campaign aims to help young people who are suffering from harassment because of their sexuality.

Inspector Julie Fry

Inspector Julie Fry

The film was released by the Association of Chief Police Officers and The College of Policing.

It marks International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Hampshire Constabulary has a team of Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers who help support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Police officers wanted to show their support for the team and took part in the film.

It features the experiences of 36 police officers and staff from 16 forces.

Inspector Julie Fry, who featured in the video, is chair of Hampshire Constabulary Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Group.

She said: ‘It’s very powerful to see so many openly LGB&T members of the national police service together on one occasion.

‘The film delivers what is a very strong and consistent message that, although many people have experienced adversity with their coming out stories, you can still achieve what you want, you can be successful, there are people to assist with that journey and that it does get better.’

The video is the first time a collective of LGB&T police officers and staff nationally have come together to tell their stories to provide a message of hope and encouragement to vulnerable young LGB&T people.

Clare Dussek, LGB&T student officer at the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘The whole video idea sounds great.

‘It is good to show the community police officers are involved and they care about the campaign.

‘It is good they want to show that they do not stand for homophobia and are trying to help people.’