Posted by Admin2 on May 1, 2014
Drawing the line on Homophobia in the worplace
G-Force spent two days at the Garda Representative Association Annual Conference on the 29th and 30th April 2014.
We provided an information stand and interacted with delegates from all across the Garda organisation. The Secretary of G-Force addressed the plenary session of the conference on the topic of homophobia in the Garda workplace.
A copy if the speech can be found below.
G-Force would like to extend our appreciation to the General Secretary, President, Welfare Committee and the Director of Communications for their invitation and warm welcome.
Posted by Admin2 on May 21, 2013
Supporting LGBT Communities: Police Toolkit
The above EGPA Police Toolkit was developed as a joint project between the School of Social Justice in University College Dublin and G-Force, the Garda LGBT Employee Support Network. Financial support was given under the Daphne III Programme of the European Union. It was launched at the 1st IDAHO Conference in The Hague on the 17th May 2013.
The Toolkit provides tools for police officers, managers and trainers to assist in the development of training on LGBT issues in police froces.
It is designed to be a flexible tool which can be utilised as suits in a variety of European contexts. In this version of the toolkit, scenarios are written in a distinctly Irish context. When adapted for other European contexts they are to be re-written with local scenarios, local language and in line with local priorities to ensure relevance to police officers.
The learning is built around real life policing scenarios. Almost all of the scenarios used were encountered by the authors in real policing environments. This is important as it ensures relevance of the document to operational police officers.
This is an open document, designed to be used by police forces across Europe as they see fit. It is copyright free. We request that if using the tools in a police force, that you give credit to the EGPA in any materials developed. We would also welcome any views on the package. A living document it will be developed over time as the EGPA learns and shares more information.
Please note that while the scenarios are based in an Irish context this is not a Garda document.
Posted by Admin2 on March 19, 2013
G-Force wins National Lesbian and Gay Federation Award for 6th European Gay Police Association Conference.
G-Force, the Garda LGBT Employee Network, has won the National Lesbian and Gay Federation Award for Event of the Year 2012 at annual GALA Award ceremony. The award was given for the 6th European Gay Police Association Conference which was held in Dublin Castle in June 2012.
G-Force are honoured that the 6th European Gay Police Association Conference was nominated by so many people in the Event of the Year category.
We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and we would especially like to thank the NLGF for presenting us with such a wonderful award at the Westin Hotel on Saturday night.
In June 2012 the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins welcomed over 120 uniformed police officers to Áras an Uachtaráin, as we opened 4 days of events which would see approximately 400 people visit and interact with our 6th European Gay Police Association Conference.
The Minister for Justice and Equality Mr. Alan Shatter formally opened the main conference in Dublin Castle, accompanied by the Garda Commissioner and welcomed delegates on behalf of the Irish Government.
The 6th European Gay Police Association conference was a pivotal moment for LGBT policing issues in Ireland. It introduced debate on LGBT policing issues across a range of Government departments as well as within the Garda organisation.
This award will hopefully go a long way towards raising the profile of LGBT issues in policing in Ireland, and furthering the goals of G-Force.
The Committee of G-Force would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people who helped make the conference a success; GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network), the Equality Authority, the four Garda Staff Associations, An Garda Síochána, Bord Fáilte, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Posted by Admin2 on March 18, 2013
The next EGPA international conference will be held in Brussels on 21-22 March. The conference is a joined project of the European Gay Police Association, the Belgian Federal Police and Rainbow Cops Belgium, and is also part of the USA Embassy Mission's LGBTI Action Plan between Embassy Brussels and the U.S. Mission to the E.U. The conference will focus on EGPA's triple mandate of building networks, improving the experience of LGBTI officers within police forces around Europe and improving the interaction between police forces and the larger LGBTI community. The conference is meant to advance this triple mandate but is also meant to be a first step toward a much bigger event (to be held in the October 2013) and for which possible financial resources will be explored. This fall event will reach out to various European countries in particular Central and Eastern Europe and countries whose governments do not support LGBTI employee resource groups of organizations.
Posted by GForceAdmin on January 13, 2013
In January 2011 we approved the document “G-Force Strategy, 2011 – 2013” outlining the goals we wished to achieve during the period. Those goals were built around the aims and objectives in our constitution.
As the two year period draws to a close, we have compiled a progress report which outlines the successes of the group over the time concerned.
Click on progressreport to download the report in PDF form.progressreport
Posted by Admin2 on May 2, 2012
An Garda Síochána was recently announced as Employer of the Year at the annual Gay and Lesbian Awards (GALAS) which took place on September 24th in Dublin.
The GALAS, which are organised by the National Gay and Lesbian Federation (NGLF), honour individuals, media outlets, politicians, employers and community groups who are committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBT Irish people in Ireland.
With over 17,000 Garda and civilian employees, An Garda Síochána has worked closely with the LGBT community in Ireland, in particular to introduce Garda Liaison Officers across the country. In 2009, the official Garda LGB Network, ‘G Force’, was set up to support LGB members of the force.
This award is a very important recognition of the work that has been done in An Garda Síochána in the last couple of years, largely by G-Force, to support LGB Garda employees, and indirectly LGB members of the public.
In 2010, twelve awards were given to people and organisations from the island of Ireland. The award winners were chosen by the board of the National Lesbian and Gay Federation. The other shortlisted organisations in the Employer of the Year category were IBM and Microsoft.
Further information on the awards, including a full list of winners, is available at http://www.galas.ie/.