A strategic priority for the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales is to champion the benefits of embracing difference and inclusivity in the service.
The Association, which represents Superintendents and Chief Superintendents in 46 forces, works to bring about positive change in these areas and has a dedicated representative for LGBT issues on its National Executive Committee.
This role is currently held by Det Supt Clint Blackburn, Head of Public Protection for Surrey Police and chair of the SE Region of the National LGBT+ Police Network.
The Association’s activities are focused on five key themes:
Supporting LGBT officers
Supporting the wider Association membership on LGBT issues
Increasing representation of LGBT staff
Encouraging the development of federated officers to superintendent rank
Understanding and influencing LGBT issues on behalf of the Association
Specific work under way already includes:
Working with the OPCC lead for Equality & Diversity, Surrey Police and the National Trans Policing Association in funding Stonewall to work with us to create a best practice tool kit for transgender staff who have either transitioned or are thinking about it, as well as a guide for managers supporting staff through it. Work will start in September 2017 and aims to bring consistency across forces.
Funding and supporting places for 18-25 year olds working in policing on the Stonewall Young Leaders’ Programme
Working with Stonewall on guidance for the Workplace Equality Index assessment and best practice.
As well as representing the Association at Brighton and Hove Pride, the UK’s biggest Pride Festival, Clint also attended the National Police LGBT Conference which saw a record number of attendees including many chief officers.
ACC Julie Cooke has taken over the NPCC LGBT portfolio lead from CC Jane Sawyers who retired in June. ACC Cooke is very supportive of the Association and keen to work with it, and Clint welcomes suggestions from its membership on issues it can work with her on.
For more information about the Police Superintendents’ Association and its work on valuing difference and advancing LGBT issues, visit www.policesupers.com