Metropolitan Police Service
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS or Met) says the LGBT+ Adviser role was developed as part of the restructure of Frontline Policing and has evolved from the Met’s LGBT Liaison Officer role. Advisers proactively work with London’s LGBT+ communities, partners, and stakeholders to prevent crime and encourage active citizenship and build trust and confidence.
The Met goes on to say they complement the work of Hate Crime Outcome and Performance Officers, whilst elsewhere they help increase awareness and provide advice and information. Under the auspices of the Met’s staff support association LGBT+ Network, the role is voluntary and must be carried out in addition to a person’s current position. It is open for all officers and staff, including Specials and volunteers. It is not necessary that an individual identifies as LGBT+ and they are not required to declare their sexuality or gender, including gender identity and expression. We continue to seek to build on the commitment and expertise amongst our existing cohort of colleagues across BCUs and Commands, along with harnessing offers from new volunteers, who may consider themselves Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and therefore capable of being an LGBT+ Adviser.
Short film about MPS LGBT+ Advisors | MPS LGBT+ Network | 29 Dec 2021 | 2m 1s
How many Advisers are they and where are they located?
It's been a struggle to tally the number of Advisers and where they're located (until a recent FOI) mostly because there has been so little information about them,
- 19 November 2020 - 16 March 2021
A question to the Mayor of London answered 16 March 2021 said the Met was "appointing 250 advisers" specialising in LGBT+ hate crime. The Mayor's response did not dispute this figure.
- 10 December 2021
Following the conclusion of the East London Inquests into the deaths of Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth and Jack Taylor, the Met said in a statement "we have 125 volunteer LGBT+ advisers across the Met".
- January 2022
In response to a Freedom of Information request (01.FOI.21.022447) by MENRUS.CO.UK, the MPS said it has 132 LGBT+ Advisers - 80 across the 12 Basic Command Units (BCUs) with 52 located in other business areas and commands.
Using data from the FOI, the list below shows where the 80 BCU Advisers are located - assuming these are probably front line/ beat officers. We are awaiting further clarification as to where the 52 Advisers are located in "other business areas and commands".
- Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster
Central West BCU (AW): 10 Advisers
- Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth
South West BCU (SW): 6 Advisers
- Bromley, Croydon and Sutton
South Area BCU (SN): 4 Advisers
- Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham
South East BCU (SE): 7 Advisers
- Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge
East Area BCU (EA): 5 Advisers
- Ealing, Hillingdon and Hounslow
West Area BCU (WA): 3 Advisers
- Lambeth and Southwark
Central South BCU (AS): 12 Advisers
- Enfield and Haringey
North Area BCU (NA): 6 Advisers
- Hackney and Tower Hamlets
Central East BCU (CE): 11 Advisers
- Camden and Islington
Central North BCU (CN): 5 Advisers
- Barnet, Brent and Harrow
North West BCU (NW): 3 Advisers
- Newham and Waltham Forest
North East BCU (NE): 8 Advisers
How does the LGBT+ community contact LGBT+ Advisors? The short answer is you can't.
From time to time, some of our volunteers have tried to reach out to LGBT+ Advisers but there's nothing on the MPS website and the response from 111 was not helpful. From what we can ascertain, an LGBT+ person cannot contact a local LGBT+ Adviser directly which is disappointing. If Advisers proactively work to prevent crime and encourage active citizenship and build trust and confidence - as the MPS wants us to believe - knowing where they are and how to contact them might be a good start?
It's doubly frustrating because, answering a question about LGBT+ Advisers (25/01/22), Commissioner Dick said "They're a brilliant bunch. If anybody wants to come and meet them, they're a fantastic group of people. And they're very active. And they are there to advise their colleagues and to support the BCU commander and any SIOs and anyone else who needs advice and support. And to reach out into communities."
How many LGBT+ Liasion Officers/ LGBT+ Advisers are there? | Police and Crime Committee | London Assembly | 25 Jan 2022 | 4m 48s
Transcript of Q&A | PDF
Police and Crime Committee | London Assembly/ Mayor of London | 25 Jan 2022
LGBT+ Advisers FOI | MPS | 12 Jan 2022
Met LGBT+ Advisors | Question and Answer | Mayor of London | 19 Nov 2020/ 16 Mar 2021
Metropolitan Police Service: Business Plan progress report | Quarter 3 2019-20
page 6: "The role of an LGBT+ Advisers will, complement the work of Hate Crime Co-ordinators in BCU Partnership & Prevention Hubs. LGBT+ Advisers will be embedded in other commands, in order to create a broad representation; and be a source of advice and information."
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