Policing hate and bridging communities: a qualitative evaluation of relations between LGBT+ people and the police within the North East of England

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Abstract

The history of policing minority populations has been fraught with persecution and prejudice, which has led to an ingrained mistrust of police forces amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) people. This study uses interview and survey data from LGBT+ participants in the North East of England, to examine perceptions of the police and explore LGBT+ interactions with police officers. Additionally, it draws on interviews taken with criminal justice workers, including LGBT liaison officers, to scrutinise the effectiveness of efforts made by the police to build trusting relationships. Liaison strategies have been effective in building relationships with LGBT+ community workers. LGBT+ people generally have little to no awareness of the LGBT liaison role, minimising the roles overall effectiveness and demonstrating a lack of engagement to the wider community.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)741-759
JournalPolicing and Society
Volume30
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • 1602 Criminology
  • 1605 Policy And Administration
  • 1607 Social Work

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