Chair's Festive message
Friday, 22 December 2017 18:16
I write to you in my capacity as recently appointed Chair of the Executive Committee following our Annual General Meeting held at Dalmarnock police office, Glasgow. At this meeting those present sought to review and agree a range of measures which will see our Association adopt a range of changes to include our name, logo, strategic objectives and structure. A relaunch has been planned for 16:00hrs on Friday 16th February at Glasgow City Chambers. After the event an evening social had also been planned and we hope that you are able to join us and the relaunch and/or evening social which are planned to coincide with and celebrate LGBT History Month. Further details of the relaunch and evening social will be shared with you in early January 2018 but we ask that you pop this in your diary now to avoid disappointment.
In addition to these two events, our Association is delighted to intimate that we will host the 2018 National LGBTI Police Conference at Tulliallan Police College spanning 22-24 June 2018. The conference will see police officers, staff and volunteers from England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Ireland converge at the college to discuss, debate, share best practice, network and celebrate LGBTI people in policing. Again further details together with sign up information will be shared in January 2018 but we ask that you save the date. In addition anyone interested in volunteering to offer their support before and during the conference should contact email@example.com
I would also like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family and friends a fantastic festive period this year. Regardless of the significance you place on Christmas, the festive period including New Year is an extremely busy period for the police service and I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable time both off and on duty. Remember that for some the festive period can be a stressful and lonely time. If you want to discuss any welfare issues please remember that our association is here to listen and offer advice and support.
As we reach the end of 2017 it offers an opportunity for reflection and to highlight some of the key successes attributed to the hard work of those involved with the Association. For me the real highlight of the year was our collective involvement Pride Glasgow 2017. More than 75 officers, staff and volunteers from Police Scotland and British Transport Police attended and participated in the parade, visibly highlighting our continued support. In addition our contingent were joined by two police vehicles emblazoned with messages of support and some of the officers proudly displayed their rainbow epaulettes, lanyards and hat bands. Social media clips of the Police Scotland pipe band and our contingent marching/dancing to the YMCA theme tune was extremely well received and shared across the globe. While we might take our participation for granted we cannot underestimate the positive message it sends to the LGBTI community and example of best practice it communicates to police organisations throughout the world.
To conclude, I wish you all the best for 2018 and hope to see you at one of our planned events in the coming months.