West Midlands Police – Supporting the LGBTQ+ Community
17 Jun 2020 by Stuart Ashmore
- Safer, Stronger Communities
A message from Chief Superintendent Mat Shaer, Force Lead for Hate Crime:
You will all, no doubt, be aware that due to the current Covid-19 situation, this season’s Pride events will be held entirely online. I am aware through contact with the LGBTQ+ community; both within West Midlands Police and wider, and national policing of a planned campaign of homophobic abuse. It is suggested certain individuals are planning to attack websites and social media accounts that have posted support for the LGBTQ+ community.
This kind of harassment is clearly unacceptable. I would like to reassure anybody who is concerned that this is being taken seriously. There are robust plans locally and nationally to deal with any incidents as well as to support those who may be affected.
I would encourage anyone affected to make contact with West Midlands Police (Hate Crime App, Live Chat, 101) or True Vision or third party reporting centres and/or their community support networks.”