West Midlands police launch LGBT perception survey

PinkNews Staff Writer May 13, 2008
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One of England’s largest police forces is asking lesbian, gay bisexual and trans people to take part in a survey on their perceptions of crime and anti-social behaviour.

West Midlands Police’s operational area covers Birmingham, and part of the Pride Poll asks questions about the city’s gay scene.

The web-based survey asks about social issues including hate crime, drug misuse, housing and a lack of amenities and facilities.

There are also questions about how harmonious the region’s neighbourhoods are and whether LGBT people feel safe during the day and at night.

Questions on fear of crime and anti-social behaviour are accompanied by an opportunity to give opinions on how good a job people feel the police do and whether they have confidence in policing.

“With crime in the region down to is lowest levels in 18 years, we want to know if local people are feeling this difference – and that includes members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities,” said Maria Andronicou, research officer for West Midlands Police.

“Those who complete the survey will not only be helping shape the way we police the gay scene, but how we respond to the needs of LGB&T people in suburban residential areas.”

The Rainbow Network is the internal staff network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees of West Midlands Police.

Established in 2000 it currently has more than 300 members and advises the force on LGBT issues in conjunction with other local LGBT groups.

“No other police force has conducted such extensive research into the perceptions of members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities,” said PC Jim Field-Evans, chair of the network.

“The run up to Birmingham Pride presents the perfect opportunity to launch the poll and capture the views of the LGB&T communities which are essential if we are to further reduce crime and make people feel safer.”

Birmingham Pride takes place on 24th and 25th May.

To take part in the survey click here.

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