This message of support for Tasmania’s LGBTI community was delivered by the Tasmanian Commissioner of Police Darren Hine via social media yesterday, August 21st, 2017. Working It Out Inc also encourage everyone who experiences or witnesses bullying, discrimination or harassment to report it. While it’s not always possible or desired to follow up specific incidents, it provides a statistical record of the number of incidences happening, as well as the time and location, which is all very valuable information and can lead to increased protections in the future if needed.
Tasmania Police promotes respect, equality and inclusion of all members of our community.
We recognise that attention and debate around the upcoming vote on same sex marriage may cause some LGBTI people to be feeling vulnerable.
We work closely with the LGBTI community and want to reassure LGBTI people that Tasmania Police officers are committed to supporting them if they need our assistance.
We encourage all members of the community to maintain respectful behaviour.
Tasmania Police recognises that LGBTI people can be reluctant to come forward to seek help. We have trained LGBTI liaison officers to provide advice and assistance. They can be contacted via the Police Assistance Line 131 444.
LGBTI people who experience bullying, discrimination or harassment can also report it to Equal Opportunity Tasmania (the office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner) on 1300 305 062 or through the Equal Opportunity Tasmania website at www.equalopportunity.tas.gov.au/home
Commissioner of Police