The Queensland Police Service has bolstered its gay and lesbian liaison program this month by introducing District LGBTI Liaison Coordinators for each district within the state to ensure that every area of the state has adequate access to the program.
There are currently over 100 qualified LGBT police liaison officers stationed around Queensland
A statement from the Queensland Police Service says the role of the new district LGBTI coordinators is to:
・ Consult with the regional LGBTI Liaison Program coordinator and district officers.
・ Monitor LGBTI issues at a district level and develop strategies to address them.
・ Provide advice to the district officer on issues affecting the program.
・ Provide direction and support to district LBGTI liaison officers and other vested QPS personnel.
・ Manage the appointment of new liaison officers based on district priorities, suitability of applicant and current requirements.
・ Maintain a list of district liaison officers.
・ Maintain an internal district liaison officer email account (all district liaison officers).
・ Maintain and monitor a district LGBTI Program external email account.
・ Identify training/awareness opportunities for district liaison officers and other vested QPS personnel.
・ Coordinate opportunities for district liaison officers to engage and discuss program issues.
・ Identify and promote district program support agencies to district liaison officers and other vested QPS personnel.
・ Promote the program’s functions to external stakeholders.
While people are always welcome to request the services of an LGBTI police liaison officer at any police station in Queensland, the introduction of district coordinators now also makes it easier to contact liaison officers in any given area with each district now having their own LGBT email address.
A full list of LGBT police liaison officers and district coordinator contact details can be found at www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/community/lgbti or alternatively contact Policelink 131 444 and ask to speak with an LGBTI Liaison Officer in your area.