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Peter Squires

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347305

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347305.001.0001

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Community safety and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities

Community safety and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities

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Community safety

Derek McGhee

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the social and political climate in which hate crimes, whether racially motivated or as a result of homophobia, are increasingly being taken seriously by local authorities and police forces in England and Wales. It explores the special place hate crimes occupy in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act ‘community safety’ ethos, with particular attention being paid to how police forces, especially Hampshire Constabulary, have been attempting to win the trust of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Southampton. It argues that police forces in England and Wales are at the forefront of the project of increasing the ‘civic participation’ and ‘active citizenship’ of the members of LGBT communities in England and Wales.

Keywords:   political climate, hate crimes, transgender communities, homophobia, police forces, Crime and Disorder Act, community safety, LGBT, civic participation

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