Please note that the Policing Board’s Human Rights and Professional Standards Committee has launched a thematic inquiry into policing with and for LGB&T individuals.

The Inquiry will consider the PSNI approach to policing with and for LGB&T individuals and in doing so its compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998 in:

• Identifying, recording and encouraging the reporting of crimes committed against LGB&T individuals including, but not limited to, homophobic or transphobic motivated hate incidents and crimes; domestic abuse; and sexual violence;

• Supporting LGB&T victims of crime;

• Investigating crimes committed against LGB&T individuals and arresting the perpetrators;

• Providing internal support to LGB&T police officers and police staff; and

• Engaging with LGB&T stakeholder groups, organisations, and individuals.

This will necessarily involve a review of PSNI policy, training, staffing, the quality of service received by LGB&T victims of crime, and the ethos within the PSNI generally towards LGB&T individuals.

The full terms of reference for the inquiry can be accessed using the following link:

http://www.nipolicingboard.org.uk/index/publications/human-rights-publications.htm

If you would like to make a submission to the Inquiry please email information@nipolicingboard.org by 30 November 2010.

Peter Gilleece

Director of Policy

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