The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network is an integral part of the Force's support group network offering support and advice to all police officers, police staff, volunteers and special constables.
The Network has a mentoring scheme which is a group of openly LGB staff and officers who are available to support others who are considering 'coming out.' The mentors also reverse mentor managers providing constructive information around LGBT issues that the people they manage may experience.
The LGBT Network is also a member of the Force's diversity board.
The aims of the Network are:
- To work towards equal opportunities for LGBT police force employees.
- To offer advice and support to LGBT police force employees.
- To work towards better relations between the police force and the LGBT community.
We believe that those who work for Leicestershire Police should feel as comfortable about being themselves at work as they do at home.
The LGBT Network is for officers and staff who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, GQ, intersex or non-binary, however membership is open to all as the LGBT Network also has a Straight Allies program.
Straight Allies are officers and staff members who do not identify as LGBT but they openly support equal rights and gender equality, and challenge homophobia and transphobia. We have a number of testimonies from staff and officers of all levels who have pledged to make a difference for their LGBT colleagues working to create a diverse and inclusive environment for all.