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YORKSHIRE POLICE RUN GAY OFFICERS' HELPLINE

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North Yorkshire Police has become the first force in Britain to establish a telephone helpline for homosexual offic...
North Yorkshire Police has become the first force in Britain to establish a telephone helpline for homosexual officers, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p15). They will be able to call other gay officers 24 hours a day for support and help in dealing with homophobic

colleagues or criminals.

Senior officers say the move has received a positive response from the rank and file. 'A few years ago you would have found some people in the North Yorkshire police service with great reservations', said Peter Walker, an assistant chief constable. 'Now there is greater

maturity. People are realising they have to respect others they work with regardless of the differences between them'.

Mr Walker, the most senior officer on the group that approved the scheme, added: 'It is extremely difficult to investigate hate crime, particularly against the gay community, if they don't trust us'.
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