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Locals pay tribute to Orlando victims at candlelight vigil

 Published on: 21st June 2016   |   By: The Newsdesk   |   Category:

Officers from Watford’s Safer Neighbourhood Team attended a vigil held in the area last month to remember the victims of the recent shooting in Orlando, Florida. Around 15 people attended the memorial event held at the Load of Hay bar including representatives from Herts Aid, Hertfordshire Pride as well as local members of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community. The Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team’s Sargent Steve Alison and PCSO Linda Davey also attended in order to pay their respects. Rainbow candles were lit to show support for the families of the victims of the attack on Sunday, June 12 which saw 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando killed by a gunman. Sgt Alison, who is also one of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s LAGLOs (or Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers), said: “After this shocking event in Orlando, a number of people wanted to observe a vigil in order to express their solidarity with the LGBT community at this time. PCSO Davey and I attended to represent the Constabulary in remembering the victims of this abhorrent attack.” Hertfordshire Constabulary has trained a number of officers and staff as LAGLOs. Though they are not all LGBT themselves (many are) they are there to assist both victims and investigators of crimes. If you are a victim of any kind of crime and feel that you would be more comfortable talking to a LAGLO, just ask in the event of contacting police. The Force also has a team of specially-trained hate crime officers. These dedicated officers offer victims help, support and advice. They can meet victims in a place they feel comfortable and safe, and will explain options available to them. They can also be there for a victim if a statement needs to taken and if the case goes to court. Victims can be confident that they will be treated with respect and in confidence. If you would like to report a crime but would prefer to speak to a LAGLO, please contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to a LAGLO.

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