Policing of Public Sex Environments

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2007 National LGBT Conference
26 July 2007

Conference is aware following the recent legislative changes in relation to Sexual Orientation Regulations that most major employers are reviewing their policies in this area.

Conference welcomes the news that the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is also reviewing and updating its policies and procedures in relation to the policing of public sex environments, recognising that this issue is not wholly restricted to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community but that heterosexuals’ activities such as “dogging” are becoming more prevalent and are a significant contributor of offences that occur.

Conference agrees that these areas should be proactively policed on a structured basis taking into account the views of their communities and liaising with relevant groups to ensure that people are treated with dignity and respect.

Conference calls upon the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee (NLGBTC) to:

1.Liaise with the Police Staff Service Group Executive and provide joint advice to branches on how they can influence local policies and procedures;

2.Raise awareness of all UNISON members through articles in Focus, UNISON magazine and web pages of the importance of getting involved in local Police Independent Advisory Groups (IAGs) as a means of raising LGBT issues and views.