The Police and Crime Commissioner has launched the consultation in the run up to Northern Pride’s annual showcase event.
She wants members of the LGBTQ+ community to have their views heard and a say in how the force, and her office, best utilise local resources.
There is also an invite to join the Commissioner in a virtual meeting to discuss any issues and concerns in person – part of the her commitment to ensure the voices of residents are heard.
Ms McGuinness said: “It is my role to ensure that all communities are being listened to and represented within the forces priorities. This is a real opportunity for the LGBTQ+ community to have their say on policing and help ensure the force is doing the best job they can to fight crime.
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“I’m devastated that our fabulous Pride Festival won’t be taking place again this year but I know everyone at Northern Pride will put on a fantastic virtual event, just like last year.”
Hate crime, linked to sexual orientation, has steadily increased in recent years – including a small increase in homophobic and transgender offences.
Ste Dunn, Director of Northern Pride, who are supporting with the promotion of the consultation, said: “It’s great that our Commissioner wants to hear the views of the LGBTQ+ community and understand their issues and concerns directly.
“I urge all members of the LGTBQ+ community to have a say.”
The consultation will be open for two weeks and can be accessed via http://bit.ly/NbriaPCCNPride21
It is open to all aged over 18.