Merseyside Police voted second most 'gay-friendly' force in UK

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Merseyside Police has been voted as one of the top UK’s most gay-friendly police forces by a leading national gay right's charity.

Out of 378 employer organisations which entered this year’s Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Merseyside Police was placed 24th overall - but came second among the police forces to Hampshire Constabulary.

Merseyside Police first entered the index in 2009 and has consistently placed among the top three most gay-friendly police forces.

The index has been running for the past five years and is the definitive national benchmarking exercise for showcasing the UK's top employers for gay, lesbian and bisexual staff.

Chief Inspector Val Powell said: "This is the third consecutive year that Merseyside Police has been named as one of the top performing police forces in the UK for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

"This is testament to our continuing commitment to provide an excellent service to the diverse communities we serve and it is fantastic to see our hard work reflected in this index.

"Each year the competition in Stonewall gets tougher with an increasing number of organisations taking part but we will continue to work hard to make Merseyside Police an employer of choice for all, regardless of sexual orientation, and for the Force to be reflective of all the diverse communities that we serve."

Merseyside Police took part in Liverpool's first gay pride parade last summer and for the last four years has annually flown the rainbow flag for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) across its police stations.

They also supported the launch of the City of Liverpool Children Services Anti-Homophobic Bullying Strategy on IDAHO day.

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5:08pm Mon 17 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

when i pay my council tax i am so glad to know that the money is well spent on diversity consultants and attending the gay pride march.
hopefully a little money will be spent catching criminals.
when i pay my council tax i am so glad to know that the money is well spent on diversity consultants and attending the gay pride march. hopefully a little money will be spent catching criminals. bob wirral
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5:16pm Mon 17 Jan 11

Wirralrob says...

^ Think thats a record for this site. It took just 24 minutes for a comment like that to appear :O)
^ Think thats a record for this site. It took just 24 minutes for a comment like that to appear :O) Wirralrob
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6:09pm Mon 17 Jan 11

King Tut says...

Well my employer spent a lot of time and money designing and printing a multi-cultural calender, it was supposed to highlight all major religious feasts and events. All that it did achive was a complicated calender which was so large it was impractical, I have yet to see it in anyones office or workspaces.
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The point being, while we try our hardest to ensure we live in a multicultural inclusive society (see i know the buzz words), we sometimes forget that those who are that 'minority' may not want the special attention or the chance to loud and proud and to just come to work and earn a crust.
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I am HWM (hetrosexual white male) in my proffesion uk wide we make up less than 7%, were is my inclusion officer?
Well my employer spent a lot of time and money designing and printing a multi-cultural calender, it was supposed to highlight all major religious feasts and events. All that it did achive was a complicated calender which was so large it was impractical, I have yet to see it in anyones office or workspaces. . The point being, while we try our hardest to ensure we live in a multicultural inclusive society (see i know the buzz words), we sometimes forget that those who are that 'minority' may not want the special attention or the chance to loud and proud and to just come to work and earn a crust. . I am HWM (hetrosexual white male) in my proffesion uk wide we make up less than 7%, were is my inclusion officer? King Tut
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6:09pm Mon 17 Jan 11

King Tut says...

Well my employer spent a lot of time and money designing and printing a multi-cultural calender, it was supposed to highlight all major religious feasts and events. All that it did achive was a complicated calender which was so large it was impractical, I have yet to see it in anyones office or workspaces.
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The point being, while we try our hardest to ensure we live in a multicultural inclusive society (see i know the buzz words), we sometimes forget that those who are that 'minority' may not want the special attention or the chance to loud and proud and to just come to work and earn a crust.
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I am HWM (hetrosexual white male) in my proffesion uk wide we make up less than 7%, were is my inclusion officer?
Well my employer spent a lot of time and money designing and printing a multi-cultural calender, it was supposed to highlight all major religious feasts and events. All that it did achive was a complicated calender which was so large it was impractical, I have yet to see it in anyones office or workspaces. . The point being, while we try our hardest to ensure we live in a multicultural inclusive society (see i know the buzz words), we sometimes forget that those who are that 'minority' may not want the special attention or the chance to loud and proud and to just come to work and earn a crust. . I am HWM (hetrosexual white male) in my proffesion uk wide we make up less than 7%, were is my inclusion officer? King Tut
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7:21pm Mon 17 Jan 11

Bruce Lee says...

How proud am I to live in the Wirral? Ask me. I'll tell you. Totally embarrassed. If I didn't need another excuse to dislike the police(that's not illegal is it? I mean I know it's illegal to hate,but dislike is ok isn't it?). What a joke this one horse town is.
How proud am I to live in the Wirral? Ask me. I'll tell you. Totally embarrassed. If I didn't need another excuse to dislike the police(that's not illegal is it? I mean I know it's illegal to hate,but dislike is ok isn't it?). What a joke this one horse town is. Bruce Lee
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8:05pm Mon 17 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

Bruce Lee, what is your new excuse for disliking the police? I don't get you.
Bruce Lee, what is your new excuse for disliking the police? I don't get you. slumdogg
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9:39pm Mon 17 Jan 11

Spiffy says...

"...one of the top performing police forces in the UK for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. This is testament to our continuing commitment..."
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..."...we will continue to work hard to make Merseyside Police an employer of choice for all, regardless of sexual orientation,..."
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Bit of a contradiction there and IF everyone were treated equally no stats for "diversity" or "orientation" would exist.
"...one of the top performing police forces in the UK for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. This is testament to our continuing commitment..." ... ..."...we will continue to work hard to make Merseyside Police an employer of choice for all, regardless of sexual orientation,..." ... Bit of a contradiction there and IF everyone were treated equally no stats for "diversity" or "orientation" would exist. Spiffy
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9:30am Tue 18 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

dear wirralrob,
sorry for letting you down on the response time. i will endeavour to have my stock answer posted in a timely manner in future.
kind regards
Bobwirral
dear wirralrob, sorry for letting you down on the response time. i will endeavour to have my stock answer posted in a timely manner in future. kind regards Bobwirral bob wirral
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9:35am Tue 18 Jan 11

hugo2008 says...

I do not mind what the police force consists of just as long as the make there presence seen and felt in all the localities that have problems.

I do not care if the March or Mince around, just get out there and make the Wirral a better place to live in.

They could make a great start by policing all the primary school entrances and enforce the parking restrictions.
I do not mind what the police force consists of just as long as the make there presence seen and felt in all the localities that have problems. I do not care if the March or Mince around, just get out there and make the Wirral a better place to live in. They could make a great start by policing all the primary school entrances and enforce the parking restrictions. hugo2008
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9:40am Tue 18 Jan 11

bickyboy says...

Largely agree with the comments thus far. I'm one hundred per cent behind the entirely reasonable idea that people of any and all sexual orientations, genders, religions or whatever are given protection in law so that they are not deprived of the same chances in the workplace and in life in general as everyone else. Its important to state that this should not mean BETTER chances, but the same. However, I'm minus one hundred per cent behind the recent development of the diversity monster into a movement which seems to spend the majority of its time working to preserving its own profile and special status, and which, now that we have such a proliferation of equality laws, is able to contribute very little to the genuine cause of equality except a lot of shrill and rather unpleasant noise.
Largely agree with the comments thus far. I'm one hundred per cent behind the entirely reasonable idea that people of any and all sexual orientations, genders, religions or whatever are given protection in law so that they are not deprived of the same chances in the workplace and in life in general as everyone else. Its important to state that this should not mean BETTER chances, but the same. However, I'm minus one hundred per cent behind the recent development of the diversity monster into a movement which seems to spend the majority of its time working to preserving its own profile and special status, and which, now that we have such a proliferation of equality laws, is able to contribute very little to the genuine cause of equality except a lot of shrill and rather unpleasant noise. bickyboy
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4:14pm Tue 18 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

Wirralrob, are you bob wirral at the weekends?
Wirralrob, are you bob wirral at the weekends? slumdogg
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7:45pm Tue 18 Jan 11

bickyboy says...

Absolutely right, Spiffy. Senior police officers are still being bullied into trumpeting their diversity credentials by snitches and spies inserted into their midst by the last government and by the wretched Equality Commission. This proves that there is still a great deal of work to do before the silent majority enjoys the same protection in law as that currently enjoyed by an extremely shrill minority.
We pay the salaries of those snitches and spies, and if there are to be swingeing cuts in the public sector in general and in the police in particular, I for one would prefer to see the axe fall on them before it falls on one single public servant who is actually doing something useful.
Absolutely right, Spiffy. Senior police officers are still being bullied into trumpeting their diversity credentials by snitches and spies inserted into their midst by the last government and by the wretched Equality Commission. This proves that there is still a great deal of work to do before the silent majority enjoys the same protection in law as that currently enjoyed by an extremely shrill minority. We pay the salaries of those snitches and spies, and if there are to be swingeing cuts in the public sector in general and in the police in particular, I for one would prefer to see the axe fall on them before it falls on one single public servant who is actually doing something useful. bickyboy
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8:45am Wed 19 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

DUUURRR!
DUUURRR! slumdogg
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8:49am Wed 19 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

Some people on here have already proven themselves to be sickeningly hateful and homophobic before, so an attack on this positive piece of good news is no suprise at all.
Some people on here have already proven themselves to be sickeningly hateful and homophobic before, so an attack on this positive piece of good news is no suprise at all. slumdogg
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9:19am Wed 19 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

slumdogg has it occured to you that as less that 1% of the population is gay, that maybe the majority are a bit bored continually reading about them in the newspapers? and that you are interpreting this as hate when it is actually indifference.
slumdogg has it occured to you that as less that 1% of the population is gay, that maybe the majority are a bit bored continually reading about them in the newspapers? and that you are interpreting this as hate when it is actually indifference. bob wirral
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11:53am Wed 19 Jan 11

Dantealighieri says...

This is wonderful news. I must admit I did wonder what the boys in blue were getting up to since they swept crime off the streets of Merseyside. Now that drug dealing, gun and knife crime, burglary, assault, car theft, town centre no-go areas, vandalism and the rest are all just distant memories, it's comforting to know that they haven't just been sitting around waiting for their pensions. I was a little puzzled as to how Merseyside Police achieved their success in this StoneWall Workplace Equality Index thing. A few enquiries provided the answer. Over to Merseyside Police Headquarters. ..'Right boys and girls, remember the routine. Right hand on hip, index finger on lip. Go, mince one two, back one two, good, six times, then all together "Shut that door". Lovely. Constable Sandy, your a little behind the rest, mind you it's a nice little behind. Awful, yes I am aren't I. OK, you motor cyclists your turn. No leave the leathers on. Point to the sky, point to the floor, sky, floor, brilliant, now at the top of your voices, "YMCA la la YMCA". Wow! I'm exhausted. After dinner it's practise for the cross dressing relay. Anybody got anything in their lunch boxes for me'. I was watching the news last night, there was a bit on Afghanistan. Camp Bastion, exhausted soldiers, covered in dust, back from a patrol. In the background fluttered the Union Flag. I thought they really ought to take it down and replace it with the rainbow flag, it would maybe remind them of what sort of Country they are now fighting for, and what its priorities are. 'Morning all, PCPC Gorgeous George Dickson 'ere. That's Politically Correct Police Constable Dickson at your service, have a good day, mind how you go'.
This is wonderful news. I must admit I did wonder what the boys in blue were getting up to since they swept crime off the streets of Merseyside. Now that drug dealing, gun and knife crime, burglary, assault, car theft, town centre no-go areas, vandalism and the rest are all just distant memories, it's comforting to know that they haven't just been sitting around waiting for their pensions. I was a little puzzled as to how Merseyside Police achieved their success in this StoneWall Workplace Equality Index thing. A few enquiries provided the answer. Over to Merseyside Police Headquarters. ..'Right boys and girls, remember the routine. Right hand on hip, index finger on lip. Go, mince one two, back one two, good, six times, then all together "Shut that door". Lovely. Constable Sandy, your a little behind the rest, mind you it's a nice little behind. Awful, yes I am aren't I. OK, you motor cyclists your turn. No leave the leathers on. Point to the sky, point to the floor, sky, floor, brilliant, now at the top of your voices, "YMCA la la YMCA". Wow! I'm exhausted. After dinner it's practise for the cross dressing relay. Anybody got anything in their lunch boxes for me'. I was watching the news last night, there was a bit on Afghanistan. Camp Bastion, exhausted soldiers, covered in dust, back from a patrol. In the background fluttered the Union Flag. I thought they really ought to take it down and replace it with the rainbow flag, it would maybe remind them of what sort of Country they are now fighting for, and what its priorities are. 'Morning all, PCPC Gorgeous George Dickson 'ere. That's Politically Correct Police Constable Dickson at your service, have a good day, mind how you go'. Dantealighieri
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8:20pm Wed 19 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

bob wirral, tell me where you got your 1% estimate from. Depending on where, when, and how, people are asked about their sexuality, there will always be different estimates. The figure has gradually gone up over the years though, as people feel more comfortable admitting to something which has always been perfectly normal anyway.
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Right now a sensible guess would be about 6% of the population, not 1%.
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Continually reading about 'them' in the newspapers? Leave off Olive! This is the only story I can spot here on the subject. Maybe you read different papers to me?
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I make no mistake between hate and indifference. I have seen some of the vile sentiments other posters have given support to in the past.
bob wirral, tell me where you got your 1% estimate from. Depending on where, when, and how, people are asked about their sexuality, there will always be different estimates. The figure has gradually gone up over the years though, as people feel more comfortable admitting to something which has always been perfectly normal anyway. . Right now a sensible guess would be about 6% of the population, not 1%. . Continually reading about 'them' in the newspapers? Leave off Olive! This is the only story I can spot here on the subject. Maybe you read different papers to me? . I make no mistake between hate and indifference. I have seen some of the vile sentiments other posters have given support to in the past. slumdogg
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9:18am Thu 20 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

the figures are from the Office for National Statistics based upon a survey of 450,000 people.
so you guess if you want but i will stick to the numbers.
the other recent story is obviously the guest house article that made all the national daily papers.
the figures are from the Office for National Statistics based upon a survey of 450,000 people. so you guess if you want but i will stick to the numbers. the other recent story is obviously the guest house article that made all the national daily papers. bob wirral
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11:33am Thu 20 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

The ONS stats put the figure at 1.5% of the population actually Bob, not 'less than 1%'. If you insist on sticking to the numbers, then do it right mate.
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That would be about 750,000 people you think shouldn't count. In reality it's more. The ONS survey had a cut out on the sexual spectrum, and didn't take past behaviour or sexual attraction into account. It's also quite obvious that many people (especially married men for instance) do not fess up. That is why a higher estimate is more sensible.
The ONS stats put the figure at 1.5% of the population actually Bob, not 'less than 1%'. If you insist on sticking to the numbers, then do it right mate. . That would be about 750,000 people you think shouldn't count. In reality it's more. The ONS survey had a cut out on the sexual spectrum, and didn't take past behaviour or sexual attraction into account. It's also quite obvious that many people (especially married men for instance) do not fess up. That is why a higher estimate is more sensible. slumdogg
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11:46am Thu 20 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

lol. you are wrong its 1% gay and 0.5% bisexual.
i am sure you didnt mean to insult the bisexuals by lumping them all together, did you?
lol. you are wrong its 1% gay and 0.5% bisexual. i am sure you didnt mean to insult the bisexuals by lumping them all together, did you? bob wirral
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1:12pm Thu 20 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

Now I know that you are deliberately missing the point. Besides which, everybody is bisexual. We all exist somewhere on a sexual spectrum. Even you, so called 'bob'
Now I know that you are deliberately missing the point. Besides which, everybody is bisexual. We all exist somewhere on a sexual spectrum. Even you, so called 'bob' slumdogg
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9:00pm Thu 20 Jan 11

Jayo says...

If everyone is bisexual and you lumped gay and bisexual together that would mean 100% of the population is gay and not 1% as the stats say and so merseyside police has easily hit its target without even trying. Well done you !!!
Sexual spectrum ? I had to make do with a Commodore 64 :)
If everyone is bisexual and you lumped gay and bisexual together that would mean 100% of the population is gay and not 1% as the stats say and so merseyside police has easily hit its target without even trying. Well done you !!! Sexual spectrum ? I had to make do with a Commodore 64 :) Jayo
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9:29am Fri 21 Jan 11

bob wirral says...

impeccable logic Jayo.
Slumdogg it looks like you have been hoist with your own petard!
impeccable logic Jayo. Slumdogg it looks like you have been hoist with your own petard! bob wirral
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9:58am Fri 21 Jan 11

slumdogg says...

The ZX/Commodore joke is actually very funny. Thanks.
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Oddly, yes, there should be some truth in what you say, but that would be in an ideal world, where we were all a little more conscious.
The ZX/Commodore joke is actually very funny. Thanks. . Oddly, yes, there should be some truth in what you say, but that would be in an ideal world, where we were all a little more conscious. slumdogg
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12:44pm Fri 21 Jan 11

ConcernedRatePayer says...

Call me 'Old Fashioned' but I really think the majority of the Community would prefer that Merseyside Police concentrate on Important things like Crime rather than spending valuable time, resources and expense on all this 'Politically Correct Clap Trap'. I am almost sure the majority of it's employees would prefer this to be the case but unfortunately there will be more than one or two of their Senior Officers keen to feather their own Careers and who encourage all this utter 'Muppetry' !
Call me 'Old Fashioned' but I really think the majority of the Community would prefer that Merseyside Police concentrate on Important things like Crime rather than spending valuable time, resources and expense on all this 'Politically Correct Clap Trap'. I am almost sure the majority of it's employees would prefer this to be the case but unfortunately there will be more than one or two of their Senior Officers keen to feather their own Careers and who encourage all this utter 'Muppetry' ! ConcernedRatePayer
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11:03am Sat 22 Jan 11

Bruce Lee says...

So when their not undercover,(in more ways than one!)with eco warriors and having affairs with those there investigating,their having affairs with the other half of shadow ministers their supposed to protect! I don't know about you lot but I am SOOOOOOOOOO proud of our police. Their just SOOOOOOOOOO profesional.
So when their not undercover,(in more ways than one!)with eco warriors and having affairs with those there investigating,their having affairs with the other half of shadow ministers their supposed to protect! I don't know about you lot but I am SOOOOOOOOOO proud of our police. Their just SOOOOOOOOOO profesional. Bruce Lee
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11:39am Sat 22 Jan 11

ordinary personn says...

Toryman - by now you must have realised that people have seen through you and are not about to enter into a pathetic flame war with you. Nonetheless, even if you were being ironic, your latest post hits a new low and is extremely offensive and probably illegal.
Toryman - by now you must have realised that people have seen through you and are not about to enter into a pathetic flame war with you. Nonetheless, even if you were being ironic, your latest post hits a new low and is extremely offensive and probably illegal. ordinary personn
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