GPA at Pride

 

Date the organisation started – 21/03/1997

How many people signed up at the time – 3 people at the time including its founder Alistair Melling

How many do you have now – 245

Why was the GPA formed?

– To deal with internal incidents of homophobia and to support members of staff through the ‘coming out’ process.

– Provide information, options and confidential support for example, during the ‘coming out’ process.

– Make specific First Contact Officer support available.

– Make sure your voice is heard

– Provide a regular newsletter

– Host regular local drop in social events to assist networking and remove feelings of isolation

What Thames Valley Gay Police Association offers for hetrosexual members of staff;

– Confidential advice and support.

– Provide information to help you support colleagues, for example during their ‘coming out’ process.

– Offer consultation to assist you in dealing with instances of inappropriate behaviour towards gay colleagues.

– Offer assistance to deal with welfare situations.What changes have the organisation seen in that time – The Thames Valley Gay Police Association (TVGPA) was established with the support of Thames Valley Police.

The Thames Valley Gay Police Association aims to provide a local staff support network for both gay and non-gay members of the organisation.

TVGPA supports the LGB&T communities across the Thames Valley Police area which includes Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keyness.

It was launched on 21 March 2007. It has an executive committee elected by members from across the Thames Valley Police area.

What Thames Valley Gay Police Association can do for our lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans members of staff;

– Provide information, options and confidential support for example, during the ‘coming out’ process.

– Make specific First Contact Officer support available.

– Make sure your voice is heard

– Provide a regular newsletter

– Host regular local drop in social events to assist networking and remove feelings of isolation

What Thames Valley Gay Police Association offers for hetrosexual members of staff;

– Confidential advice and support.

– Provide information to help you support colleagues, for example during their ‘coming out’ process.

– Offer consultation to assist you in dealing with instances of inappropriate behaviour towards gay colleagues.

– Offer assistance to deal with welfare situations.

Email: tvgpa@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk

In 2008, the Chief Constable Sara Thornton gave permission for Thames Valley Police Officers to join the Reading Pride Parade in their uniform and was fully supportive of this.

2010 Saw The introduction of the Equalities Act which meant increased employment rights for LGBT officers and Staff, E.g. Same sex couples having/adopting/fostering children are entitled to both maternity and paternity leave.

2011 The TVGPA won the Thames Valley Police Community award – diversity team in action which lead to them winning the national Jane’s Police Review title, Diversity Team in Action, where they were awarded a bursary to fund the anti-homophobia film project “You don’t know me” which was released to Schools across the Thames Valley Police area in the Spring term of 2014.

In 2013, TVGPA put forward the business case for Thames Valley Police to use Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers(LAGLOS) this was approved and the organisation now have 18 active LAGLOs across the police force area.

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