12:58PM, Tuesday 17 May 2016
Police stations across the Thames Valley area are displaying the Rainbow Flag today to support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).
The day, which began in 2004, is aimed at highlighting hate crimes against people from the LBGT community across the world.
Thames Valley Police said it has identified tackling all forms of hate crime as a force priority so it was was pleased to support the awareness day.
Acting Chief Inspector Helen Roberts, Neighbourhood Policing & Partnerships said: “We welcome this opportunity to visibly support the LGBT community and reaffirm our commitment to work with them to eradicate hate crime and reassure the public that we will take any complaint seriously. If you are a victim of a hate crime; if you perceive you have been targeted due to hatred or intolerance of your gender identity or sexual orientation, then please contact Thames Valley Police by dialling 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“If you prefer not to speak directly to us you can report a crime through our third party reporting service, the Hate Crime Network on 0300 1234148.
“Thames Valley Police also runs a Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer scheme (LAGLO) and you can request assistance or guidance from them when contacting the Police via 101.”
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