The Trans Critical Friend Group met at Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters last week and discussed the findings of the Trans Confidence in Policing survey.

Here are their recommendations:

RECOMMENDATIONS

1. ENSURE ALL FRONTLINE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF HAVE RECEIVED APPROPRIATE TRANS AWARENESS TRAINING

Respondents to the survey identified that their preferred method of reporting to the Police is directly by telephone. However, many trans people, particularly trans women, experience anxieties around using the telephone due to the potential of being mis-gendered based on the sound of their voice.

For this reason, all communications staff should receive appropriate Trans Awareness training in order to prevent assumptions being made about trans people making contact by phone.

2. ENSURE ANY TRANS AWARENESS TRAINING DELIVERED TO STAFF PROVIDES KNOWLEDGE ABOUT NON-BINARY IDENTITIES

A significant proportion of respondents identified as non-binary. Therefore any Trans Awareness training delivered should provide officers and staff with knowledge and understanding of non-binary identities.

3. IMPROVE VISIBILITY AND AWARENESS OF THE LANCASHIRE POLICE LGBT LIAISON OFFICER ACROSS THE COUNTY (PARTICULARLY IN BLACKBURN WITH DARWEN)

Overall, there is reasonable awareness of Police-led LGBT initiatives within trans communities across Lancashire. However, awareness is inconsistent in certain parts of the county. In Blackburn with Darwen, no respondents were aware of the existence of the Lancashire Police LGBT Liaison Officer or any other Police-led LGBT initiatives.

Consider outreach activities to improve awareness and visibility of the Lancashire Police LGBT Liaison Officer in under-represented parts of the county.

4. CONSIDER WAYS TO REACH OUT TO YOUNGER TRANS PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE

Respondents under the age of 25 were far less likely to have made direct contact with the police and they were less confident that they would be treated with dignity and respect by the police. Additionally, younger trans people were more likely to report being a victim of hate crime to a third party reporting centre rather than contact the police directly.

Consider ways to improve the confidence of younger trans people. This may include outreach activities and building stronger links with organisations and groups in Lancashire supporting young LGB&T people.

5. CONSIDER WAYS TO REACH OUT TO DISABLED TRANS PEOPLE TO IMPROVE THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE

The respondents who considered themselves disabled were more likely to have felt treated with a lack of dignity by the police. Additionally, disabled trans respondents were more likely to report being a victim of a hate crime via a third person reporting centre rather than directly to the police, and were less likely to be aware of the Lancashire Police LGBT Liaison Officer.

Consider ways to improve the confidence of disabled trans people. This may include outreach activities and building stronger links with organisations and groups in Lancashire supporting disabled people.

Some disabled respondents felt that their intersectionality (being trans and being disabled) had led to negative experiences with the police in the past. Officers and staff should be trained to be aware of the specific needs and anxieties of trans people with dual characteristics such as disabilities.

6. CONSIDER WAYS TO REACH OUT TO TRANS PEOPLE FROM BLACK AND MINORITY ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS TO IMPROVE THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE POLICE

Despite being a small sample size, trans respondents from BME backgrounds were more likely to report being treated with a lack of dignity by the Police in the past, and were less likely to be aware of the Lancashire Police LGBT Liaison Officer.

Consider ways to improve the confidence of trans people from BME backgrounds. This may include outreach activities within BME communities and building stronger links with organisations and groups in Lancashire supporting BME people.

The intersectionality of being both trans and BME presents unique challenges and issues. Officers and staff should be trained to be aware of the specific needs and anxieties of trans people from BME backgrounds.