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1 May 2014, 07:05
Police in Newcastle are giving members of the LGBT community an alternative way to report any issues to them.
Police post boxes have been put in place at three venues in the city.
These are specifically for use by people from the LGBT community as another way of raising concerns with officers.
The boxes, which have been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, have been put in place at:
* Newcastle City Library (in the entrance from Princess Square)
* The Yard pub, on Scotswood Road
* Northumbria University student's union.
The boxes will be checked weekly by Newcastle LGBT officer PC Ross Turner and any issues raised dealt with accordingly.
PC Turner said:
"Northumbria Police's relationship with local communities is vital to the force's policing practice, regardless of sex, age, race or sexuality.
However, part of my role is to engage specifically with the LGBT community so that any concerns or issues they have can be dealt with.
We understand that some people may feel uncomfortable discussing things face to face with us. This is why we've introduced the post boxes so that any concerns the LGBT community has can still be heard.
I hope people take the time to use them so that we are given the opportunity to respond and deal with issues affecting them.
Our aim is to continue to build on the already good relations we have with the LGBT community in Newcastle and help improve the confidence and trust they have in their local police."
The Commissioner Vera Baird told Capital:
"I want police to support LGBT communities by listening to their ideas and responding to any issues they raise, and I am pleased to see officers coming up with a range of ways for people to get in touch.
These post boxes are an additional option for the LGBT community to use. They can also contact me direct with any ideas they have at firstname.lastname@example.org"
People can also contact PC Ross Turner via the Northumbria Police website:
Local Neighbourhood Policing Teams can be contacted by calling 101, extension 69191 or via the website.