Sussex Police are seeking more volunteers from across the county to help officers gain a better understanding of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

A group of people from across the county, including councils, LGBT charities and independent members of the public already exists, but police would like the group to become even more representative.

Superintendent Laurence Taylor said: ‘External groups like this are important to us. They can help inform and shape the way we work as an organisation and enable us gain a greater insight on issues that affect our communities.’

‘One of our priorities is to increase the reporting of hate crime, and to try and gain a better understanding of why people might not feel comfortable with reporting it.’

In close consultation with the group, Sussex Police have also put together an action plan to make sure that the force provides the best possible service to the LGBT community.

If you are interested in contributing to the work of the group, please contact the Sussex Police Diversity Team on 101 extension 40484 or email them.