Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) candidates in the East Midlands have all pledged to work with and support the LGBT community if elected on Thursday.
The Labour PCC candidates for Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, and Nottinghamshire have all signed the LGBT Police and Crime Charter organised by the East Midlands LGBT Labour. The charter reads:
1. Ensuring all frontline staff treat LGBT victims with empathy, humanity and kindness
2. Improve hate crime awareness campaign's visibility in local communities and locations- helping the public to take appropriate action when witnessing hate crimes
3. Public Transport providers are trained in how to report and intervene to protect LGBT transport users and workers
4. Proactively engage with LGBT communities and service providers
5. Work to help build voluntary organisations that provide services to LGBT communities
6. Pursue non-punitive responses to hate offending to challenge underlying prejudices especially when individuals don't want to take the Criminal Justice conviction route
Sean Kelly-Walsh, LGBT Labour East Midlands Chair, said: “Police and Commissioners play a vital role, including setting the policing priorities for their area. I’m delighted that all the Labour PCC candidates in the East Midlands have signed up to support this charter and work with our LGBT community."
Hardyal Dhindsa, PCC Candidate for Derbyshire, said: “I will work to make Derbyshire truly tolerant and inclusive and I hope that these pledges will be a template for achieving that aim.”
Willy Bach, PCC Candidate for Leicestershire, said: “Proud to have signed LGBT Charter. Fairness and equality is a vital part of Police and Crime Commissioner’s responsibility.”
Lucinda Preston, PCC Candidate for Lincolnshire, said: "Proud to support the LGBT charter. PCCs should be the voice of the community. Equality and fairness are the foundations of the role.”
Kevin McKeever, PCC candidate for Northamptonshire said: "As an out LGBT candidate I'm proud to sign up to Labour's first LGBT Police & Crime Charter. I'm proud too of the continued leadership the Labour Party continues to demonstrate on LGBT issues."
Paddy Tipping, PCC Candidate for Nottinghamshire, said: “This an important issue where by working together we can and are making a real difference.”