SCOTTISH charities and police launched a campaign yesterday to train more than 60 officers in tackling hate crime against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
Research shows that while crime aggravated by sexual orientation is the second most common hate crime in Scotland it often goes underreported.
Scotland’s leading LGBTI equality charity the Equality Network will train police to form a new network of LGBTI liaison officers that will support the victims of hate crime, advise their colleagues and increase public confidence in the police.
“Too many LGBTI people are the victims of hate crime, but we also know that many, for whatever reason, still do not report hate crimes,” said Equality Network development manager Scott Cuthbertson.
The Equality Network will also provide training for Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service staff.
LGBT Youth Scotland (LGBTYS) will go into schools across Scotland to support students and teaching staff in addressing homophobic and transphobic bullying.
“Despite strong legislation in Scotland, harassment, verbal abuse and violent crime is still a reality for many LGBTI people,” said LGBTYS chief executive Fergus McMillan.