The Queensland Police Service is determined to stop crime, make the community safe and to build strong and healthy relationships including with the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
To support this goal, 24 police officers and two police liaison officers stationed throughout Queensland recently completed a two day LGBTI Liaison Officer Course at the Queensland Police Service Academy. Those officers join about 100 other members who are trained LGBTI liaison officers.
The course is designed to give the officers a greater awareness of the issues affecting LGBTI communities and the knowledge to provide appropriate and professional support when required. Participants gained valuable knowledge from experienced LGBTI liaison officers, representatives from the Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland, Open Doors Youth Service and various other stakeholders who represent the interests of the LGBTI communities.
Commissioner Ian Stewart said all Queenslanders are entitled to receive a professional policing service.
“As an organisation we are committed to enhancing our relationships with all members of the community, including our LGBTI community. Our LGBTI liaison officers play a pivotal role in strengthening these relationships,” Commissioner Stewart said.
The voluntary role of a LGBTI liaison officer may include assisting LGBTI members in reporting offences and any form of vilification. These officers also work hard to network with LGBTI communities and to educate colleagues on LGBTI issues.
The Queensland Police Service is also developing an LGBTI online learning package so all personnel will be educated to better support members of LGBTI communities.
Should members of LGBTI communities wish to speak with a LGBTI liaison officer they should contact Policelink on 131 444 or enquire at their local police station.