Brighton & Hove Gets LGBT Officer

Brighton & Hove Police Constable, Rachel Piggott, has started her new role as the dedicated Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community police officer for the city.

Rachel has been a police officer for seven years and most recently has been part of the Kemptown Neighbourhood Policing Team for the last three years and has first hand experience dealing with frontline policing within the LGBT community. She will continue to work as part of the policing team for Kemptown and will be supervised by Sgt Alex Evans who will provide the support that Rachel needs when driving certain issues forward and ensuring that problems are addressed appropriately.

Rachel said: "At lot of people will know me already and I am familiar with the local area. I am committed to further building on the relationship between the police and the LGBT community within Brighton & Hove. I feel passionate about the issues and responsibilities associated with the role of LGBT liaison officer and willing to be a visible face within the local community. Over the coming weeks, I will be trying to get around to meet as many people as I can and organising drop-in sessions so people can come and speak to me face-to-face in confidence about anything they wish to raise."

Sgt Alex Evans said: "Rachel is extremely pleased to be taking on this role and will provide a valuable frontline uniform link between Brighton & Hove Police and the LGBT community in the city. I hope that key individuals and businesses within the LGBT community will extend Rachel support and a warm welcome as she takes over this role, as has been afforded to her predecessors."