Queensland Police Service’s LGBTI Liaison Officers in the Brisbane region have launched a new service allowing community members to contact them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As part of the QPS’ LGBTI Liaison Program, a number of personnel are dedicated liaison officers, able to provide support and assistance to LGBTI community members when dealing with police matters. These officers are located throughout the state and undertake the role in addition to their regular duties.
All police related issues or complaints from LGBTI community members can be reported to any police officer or via Policelink on 131 444, but if you wish to speak to an LGBTI Liaison Officer please advise the officer taking your complaint or contact Policelink, who will transfer you through to the on-call officer.
Last month, QN Magazine spoke to three QPS LGBTI Liaison Officers to find out about the support and assistance they provide to the LGBTI community in addition to their regular duties.
“While LGBTI people are able to speak to any police officer, we understand that some people may be hesitant to contact police especially if means they have to reveal their sexuality or gender identity,” Acting Sergeant Ben Bjarnesen said.
“As a result, it may be easier for them to contact an LGBTI Liaison Officer as they know the officer has received specific training in LGBTI awareness and supporting members of LGBTI communities.
“LGBTI Liaison Officers may also assist with referrals to LGBTI specific support services.”
To identify a liaison officer in your local area, click here to see a list of officers and LGBTI Liaison Program contact options.
In an emergency, call Triple Zero (000). LGBTI community members can report any issue to any police officer. To speak with an LGBTI Liaison Officer, advise the officer taking your complaint or call PoliceLink on 131 444.
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