Hertfordshire Constabulary revealed that in 2019-20 they recorded 495 LGBT+ hate crimes.
Officers have said the impact of these crimes cannot be underestimated and they are determined to do all they can to support the local LGBT+ community.
Inspector Steve Alison is a LGBT+ liaison officer, he said: “As an LGBT+ liaison officer I am able to get out into the community and attend LGBT+ events discussing same sex domestic abuse and how to report hate crimes.
“I have also advised fellow officers dealing with crimes affecting members of the LGBT+ community and have had the chance to support LGBT+ victims.
“LGBT+ liaison officers are so important as victims from the LGBT+ community have the chance to talk to someone who understands what they are going through and can talk to them on the same level.
“Members of the LGBT+ community should never feel anxious about contacting the police, but if they do or would like to speak to someone they know will understand the problems and issues facing them, they should not hesitate to ask to speak to an LBGT+ Liaison Officer.”
LGBT+ liaison officers can be reached by calling the non-emergency number 101 or reporting information online at herts.police.uk/report.
In an emergency or if a crime is ongoing, report it immediately via 999.