RGP Appoints New LGBT+ Liaison Officer

The RGP has appointed a new LGBT+ Liaison Officer.

PC Allan Bartram was selected in August of 2019 to take on the role of the LGBT+ Liaison Officer to support people from the LGBT+ community in Gibraltar and internally. He will start to wear the rainbow colours on his epaulettes. This will allow him to raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT+ community.

A statement continued: “The Royal Gibraltar Police wishes to reinforce its commitment to eliminating discrimination by building and maintaining good working relationships with all of Gibraltar’s diverse communities, inclusive of our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) community. We continue to be determined to ensure that the LGBT+ community feels comfortable to engage with the police should they ever need to, thus building confidence and trust with them at all times.

“Notwithstanding this, all police officers are able to support the LGBT+ community, however, the LGBT+ Liaison Officer is in place to provide extra understanding by:

- encouraging the LGBT+ community to report homophobic incidents to police and to give information, advice and support to victims and witnesses of crimes

- positively engage with the LGBT+ community and develop good working relationships with relevant partners and community groups dedicated to LGBT+ issues

- advise and support fellow police officers dealing with homophobic, biphobic or transphobic crime or incidents

- raise awareness amongst colleagues and promote understanding about the needs of the LGBT+ community, but also make him identifiable.

Assistant Commissioner RGP Richard Ullger said: “As an inclusive employer we want to be seen as a diverse team of officers, welcoming those working in our organisation who bring difference, or those who may wish to consider future employment in our organisation.”

For his part PC Bartram said: “I am extremely keen and excited to perform this new role and look forward to carrying it out to increase awareness about the needs of the
LGBT community in Gibraltar.”