Hampshire Constabulary maintained their position as the top police force in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index coming in at joint 15 position along with Brighton & Hove City Council.
This is the eighth year the constabulary has submitted an entry to the index which showcases the country’s top gay-friendly employers.
Inspector Julie Fry chairs the force’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Resource Group.
“Our proven track record and consistent high scores in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is something the whole force should be proud of.
“Our success is driven by those passionate and capable individuals who take on roles additional to their day jobs. It’s these Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers, Resource Group members and Sexual Orientation champions who are helping to improve the service we deliver to our communities and ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender police officers and staff are properly supported in the organisation.
“This work to build the trust and confidence of LGB&T communities is work we would be doing even if we didn’t enter the Index. To achieve the ongoing recognition from Stonewall is the icing on the cake.”
Although Hampshire Constabulary came 14th last year, and in the top five in the previous four years, the force’s score improved this year.
Previous years’ positions:
2006 – 15
2007 – 11
2008 – 3 (joint top police force)
2009 – 2 (top police force and top public sector organisation)
2010 – 2 (top police force and top public sector organisation)
2011 – 4 (top police force)
2012 – 14 (top police force)
2013 – 15 (top police force)
Sussex Police re-entered the Index at joint 93rd along with the Nationwide Building Society, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the Arts Council of England. They did not enter the Index in 2012.