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Staffordshire Police Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Network

Our award winning association provides a support network to employees who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. The association also helps the force in delivering the best possible service to our LGB&T communities in Staffordshire.

LGBT Network SP Logo Being LGB or T in the police is no longer a barrier to joining the police, indeed we actively courage diversity in our organisation. Peel once said; the police are the public and the public are the police, these words remain as relevant today as they were in 1829, we should reflect the make up of the communities of Staffordshire.

If you are LGB or T, we would encourage you to look a little further, policing may just be the job for you. Should you need any further information or would like to get in contact we would be delighted to hear from you.

Contact Details

Facebook: @LGBTStaffsPol
Twitter: @LGBTStaffsPol
Website: www.lgbtpolice.uk/staffordshire
Phone: 01785 235240


LGBT Network - Aims and Objectives

LGBT Network - Our aims:

  • We are a confidential support association run by gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans employees, for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans employees, regardless of age, service or rank.
  • We aim to provide LGB&T employees with a safe working environment, free from discrimination and reflective of the community we serve.
  • We offer support for colleagues at times of need and engage with the LGB&T community of Staffordshire ensuring the organisation we represent provides a professional and appropriate service.

LGBT Network - Our objectives:

  • To provide a social and support network for employees of Staffordshire Police who may be LGBT including friends or family regardless of sexual orientation or gender.
  • Championing LGB&T issues and advising on matters of policy and policing ensuring the force meets its legal obligation and the expectations of the LGB&T community, including compliance with employment and discrimination law.
  • Representing its members at a strategic level, building communication channels and contributing to the force's Diversity Strategy.
  • Promoting the reporting of hate crime, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and crimes that target the LGB&T community in Staffordshire.
  • Engaging with LGB&T communities in Staffordshire, attending community events and acting as a mediator between the force and the LGB&T community at times of community tension.
  • Working towards improving recruitment, retention and career progression of its members Including officers, police staff, PCSOs and members of the Special Constabulary.
  • Networking with internal and external organisations groups locally, nationally and internationally to share best practice and improve service delivery.

Staffordshire LGBT Police Network Leadership Team

Co-Chairs - PC Peter Rigby & PC Emma Poulliquen

Examples of the chair's commitments include:

  • Quarterly meeting with the Chief Constable
  • Member of the force's Strategic Diversity Steering Group
  • Quarterly meetings with the other staff and support associations
  • Regional meetings with our counterparts in West Midlands Police LGBT Network & West Mercia & Warwickshire Police LGBT Alliance.
  • Quarterly meeting with the National LGBT Police Network & NPCC Lead.

Secretary - PC Liam Marshall

Examples of the Secretaries duties include:

  • Managing emails and communications
  • Contacting members
  • Coordination of community events including Pride
  • Social Media

LGBT Strategic Lead for Staffordshire - Superintendent Carl Ratcliffe

External website and membership interest: 



National Co-Chairs - Peter Rigby (Staffordshire) & Tracy O'Hara (Merseyside) www.lgbtpolice.uk

National LGBT lead - ACC Julia Cook at Merseyside Police

LGBT Network - Useful Contacts

Hate Crime

True Vision 

True Vision is a Police endorsed website that allows you to report Hate Crime online directly to the Police. It also provides you with a wealth of information about Hate Crime.


Challenge North Staffordshire 

Challenge North Staffs is a third party independent organisation which aims to promote the reporting of Hate Crime in the North Staffordshire area. You can opt not to share the information with the police if you do not feel comfortable.


CACH (South & East Staffordshire) 

CACH (Communities Against Crimes of Hate) is a third party independent organisation covering Stafford Borough, South Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, Tamworth Borough and Lichfield) to help victims of these sorts of incidents.

You can opt not to share the information with the police if you do not feel comfortable. 


Domestic Abuse


GALOP is a national advice centre for LGBT hate crime and same sex domestic abuse. Their team are trained to provide help and guidance to assist you through your ordeal and help you understand the options open to you.    www.galop.org.uk


National LGBT Police Network 

The National LGBT Police Network is the official national police body providing a collective voice for local LGBT Police groups and associations from across England, Wales, Northern Ireland & the Channel Islands.www.lgbtpolice.uk

National Trans Police Association

The National Trans Police Association (NTPA) provides support to serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables 'Police Family' ally's and their family members, that may need support or guidance on Trans or Non-binary matters. www.lgbtpolice.uk/me