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Stonewall praises Herts police for helping officers to transition

Herts Constabulary's gender neutral caps (6781144)
Herts Constabulary's gender neutral caps (6781144)

Hertfordshire Constabulary has climbed 60 places in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI) for its efforts to help officers transition.

The force is now ranked 121 by the LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender plus) charity in a table of 445 organisations.

The constabulary was ranked 188 in 2018, and over the past year has taken a number of steps to ensure that LGBT+ officers are supported.

In November last year, the force issued a transgender toolkit to help officers who are transitioning as well give guidance to their line manager.

In 2018, the constabulary also abandoned a 33-year tradition to support its LGBT+ employees further when the police patrol flat cap was introduced as a gender-neutral option.

Chief Superintendent Matt Nicholls, the constabulary’s lead for sexual orientation and gender identity, said: “We are delighted to have risen up so many places in this year’s WEI – it recognises our hard work and commitment. However, there’s still work for us to do.

“The constabulary is committed to supporting the LGBT+ community and this doesn’t just include the public living and working in Hertfordshire, but our colleagues too. It’s vital that our LGBT+ colleagues feel comfortable and confident at work, both for their wellbeing and so that they can deliver a good service to the public.”

Emma Kosmin, index and benchmarking manager at Stonewall, said: “Hertfordshire Constabulary’s success is a testament to all their hard work and dedication to workplace inclusion over the last year. With Hertfordshire Constabulary’s support, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are accepted without exception.”

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