This is a message from Owen Pyle who is the LGBT Liaison Officer for Hackney. He is asking if anyone would like to input into the development of a survey to capture hate crime information in London. Please contact him directly if you would like to get involved.
I am Owen Pyle, the LGBT Liaison Coordinator for Hackney borough police in the Metropolitan Police Service. I have worked in the police service for 4 years and have been involved LGBT work throughout that time, for three years in Newham and in Hackney since the summer.
The reason I am emailing is because I am hoping put together and run an anonymous survey capturing the experiences of the LGBT community in reporting hate crime in London, their interactions with the police and the support they have been offered (if any) by borough LGBT Liaison Officers. The intention is to use the results of this, combined with any anecdotal personal experiences that the community may wish to share, to feed back within the MPS and share among Liaison Officers to enhance the way we support victims of LGBT hate crime. It isn’t intended to be an opportunity to take some learning from the experiences of the community that we may otherwise not get, and capture information London-wide as opposed to just locally, borough-by-borough as has been done previously.
While I am hoping to lead this, I believe it important to bring in the thoughts & views of partner agencies, hence why I am emailing you. I have emailed you because I know you are an LGBT organisation that works in London, or have some involvement in LGBT engagement or outreach work. If this is no longer the case, please do accept my apologies & if possible, please could you pass this email onto the person now involved. Some of you I have worked with and spoken to before, others not.
I am aware that Stonewall puts together the Hate Crime Survey on a regular basis, most recently in 2013. My aim is not for this to overlap or to tread on anyone’s toes, but for it to complement the work that Stonewall does, with a focus on how the MPS can improve the LGBT Liaison that we do and how Liaison Officers function. I’m hoping any results we get will also be of use for developing partnership work between the MPS & third party reporting and other LGBT organisations within London.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any thoughts or comments on what you think may be of use to capture, or if you have any guidance or advice in running something similar. I am hoping to be in a position to release the survey in January of next year, so a few weeks. I am happy to discuss anything further either by phone or email. Please also feel free to forward this email on to anyone you think may be interested.
Owen Pyle PS 39GD
Police Sergeant – Springfield Safer Neighbourhood Team
Stoke Newington Police Station
33 Stoke Newington High Street
London, N16 8DS
t: 0208 721 2925
Follow me on Twitter: @MPSSpringfield
Hackney LGBT Liaison Co–ordinator
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