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Mistrust an issue for police and rainbow community

Mar 15th, 2018 | By | Category: Latest News, Radio News

Cynicism and mistrust among the rainbowh community remains a problem, as the country’s Pride celebrations draw to a close.

Police are seeking to improve relations with the LGBTQI community but a fractured past between the law enforcers and the community is proving an obstacle.

Police Diversity Liaison Officer Inspector Tracy Phillips says the New Zealand Police are working hard to address the community’s negative view of police.

She says the police are well aware of the challenges faced in gaining the rainbow communities trust.

Trans activist Jem Traylen of Rainbow Wellington says the past is still traumatic for many in the LGBTQI community but an official apology from the police would go a long way in mending relations.

She says while the current moves by police to reach out to the community are welcome, they need to be backed up by action.

The New Zealand police currently employ Rainbow friendly Diversity Officers in all 12 districts policing districts.

LGBTQI people are encouraged to request such officers if they feel they are not being treated fairly.

http://www.police.govt.nz/contact-us/local-contacts/diversity-liaison-officers

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