The Police Service of Northern Ireland is holding a recruitment drive looking for gay officers

BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 20: Police stand guard as investigators search a property on Aberdeen Road where a 32-year-old man was arrested this morning in connection with the murder of Joanna Yeates on January 20, 2011 in Bristol, England. Joanna Yeates went missing on December 17 after a night out with work colleagues and her body was later found dumped by the side of the road at Longford Lane on Christmas Day. (Photo by Harry Engels/Getty Images)

The police force announced this week that it is holding a recruitment event focused on the officers from the LGBT community. The two events, which will be held in Belfast next month, are billed as informational for LGBT people who want to know about serving in the police and being LGBT. “Both events will feature a panel of serving officers and Human resources staff there to answer your questions relating to the recruitment process and about the exciting career possibilities in the Police Service,” the statement reads. Northern Ireland has rather poor LGBT records, especially when it comes to official structures like police. So the local LGBT groups celebrated the idea.Northern Ireland was the last part of the UK to decriminalise gay sex in 1982, after a European court ruling struck down the region’s anti-gay buggery and gross indecency laws. Prior to partial decriminalisation, the LGBT community was extensively targeted by police, while leading politicians led calls to keep laws banning gay sex.


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