Whilst the Equality Act 2010 refers to ‘gender reassignment’, this is recognised as an outdated term. As such and this policy refers to gender identity and expression, and includes individuals using contemporary language to describe their gender identity; for example trans or non- binary.
During significant days in the Trans community calendar we fly various LGBT+ flags at Police premises across Surrey. This includes our Headquarters in Guildford as well as the Guildford, Staines, and Reigate Police Stations.
You can view our Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion policy and procedure here.
Hate Crimes and incidents are taken to mean any crime or incident in which the victim experiences prejudice towards them based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.
This is a broad and inclusive definition. A victim does not have to be a member of the group. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime. For example, if someone shouts transphobic abuse at you, you are still the victim of a transphobic hate crime, whatever your gender identity.
The government currently asks police forces to monitor and record five strands of hate motivation, which include transgender identity.
We believe that every member of the community has the right to live without fear of harassment and abuse. If you are a victim transphobic hate crime, you can report it:
The Home Office require us to capture demographic information which they use to monitor crime trends. There are many options for gender identities and titles to be recorded under on the database including options for our non-binary and trans communities.
LGBT+ Liaison Officers
Surrey Police works closely with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities to promote equality and encourage the reporting of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic related hate crime.
Surrey Polices LGBT+ Liaison Officer’s (LO’s) have specific training in, and a specific understanding of LGBT+ issues and perform the role because they believe in its value. We have a network of LGBT+ LO’s throughout the districts of Surrey so there are points of contact locally. They offer:
Support to officers, staff and the LGBT+ population
Support effective criminal investigation
Provide knowledge and understanding
Support engagement initiatives
Initiate engagement opportunities
Offer external points of contact
You can contact Surrey Police’s LO’s in several ways:
Stonewall is a UK organisation that stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. Surrey Police participate in the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme, which has been running since 2001 and works with over 900 organisations – who all share the belief of a workforce that welcomes, respects, and represents employees. We along with the other membership organisations can receive advice, support, and resources to support us to create a culture where LGBT+ colleagues can thrive.
Some support groups for LGBT+ communities in Surrey.
Pride in Surrey are a non-profit community interest company with a mission to, celebrate, educate and connect the LGBT+ community and allies across Surrey and the surrounding counties.
Outline provides support to people with their sexuality and gender identity primarily through a helpline, website and support groups.
Twister is run by Youth Workers from Surrey County Council. It is a youth group for young people ages 14-19 (25 if Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in Surrey) who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their gender or sexuality in a safe environment.
Blossom work with young adults within the LGBT+ community to build supportive relationships.
Mermaids support children and teenagers up to age 19, who are trying to cope with gender identity issues.
Gay Outdoor Club is a Surrey group who generally walk on the 4th Sunday of each month and provides a wide range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender men and woman.
Galop is the leading LGBT anti-violence & abuse charity. The provide information on a variety of topics including the police, your rights and the law.
Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, working predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; particularly specialising in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.
GIRES is a volunteer operated membership charity that, in collaboration with the other groups in its field, hears, helps, empowers and gives a voice to trans and gender non-conforming individuals, including those who are non-binary and non-gender, as well as their families.
Equality and Human Rights Commission is Britain's national equality body. Their job is to help make Britain fairer. They do this by safeguarding and enforcing the laws that protect people’s rights to fairness, dignity and respect.