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17 May 2017


Flag flies to celebrate sexual and gender diversities



IDAHOTIn support of the International Day against Homophobia,Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) Bedfordshire Police raised the rainbow flag this morning (Wednesday).

The flag is flying at Police Headquarters in Kempston as part of a worldwide celebration of sexual and gender diversities.

The force is committed to working with partners and support groups to ensure everyone can feel safe in Bedfordshire and feel confident in coming forward to report hate crime.

Last year saw a 26 per cent increase in the reporting of sexual orientation hate crimes after the force introduced a number of Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs), who are dedicated to supporting our LGBT communities and building trust and confidence in the police.

LAGLOs continue to encourage people to report homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and provide support to LGBT witnesses and victims. The introduction of third party reporting centres is also helping people to come forward, as victims can now report hate crime in more comfortable, familiar surroundings.


T/Deputy Chief Constable Mike Colbourne said: “We are proud of the diverse communities in our county and our workforce. Flying the flag is a symbol of solidarity and we urge the public to embrace difference and put an end to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

“We are working hard to tackle hate crime and encourage those who may have been a victim to come forward, as we know hate crime is still underreported and it can have a devastating effect on victims.

“There is no place for abuse in our society, as everybody deserves to live a life without fear or prejudice. Being you is not a crime, but being victimised for it is. I would ask anyone who is being targeted because of some aspect of their identity, or presumed identity, to report it.”

Hate crime can be reported to police in an emergency on 999 or on 101 for a non-emergency. It can also be reported online via True Vision at

You can follow @bedshatecrime on Twitter to keep up-to-date with how the force tackles hate crime and a list of third party reporting centres can be found on the Bedfordshire Police website