This week, to celebrate LGBTQ+ month the Havering Daily has spoken to East Area Acting Police Sergeant Jane Collard about her role as not only a Safer Neighbourhoods Officer but also as East Area’s lead for the LGBTQ+ community.
Jane works in Romford as one of our Safer Neighbourhoods officer but has also taken on the voluntary role as the LGBTQ+ adviser for the last three years.
“I have always worked in Havering. I began my career as a Response Officer sixteen years ago and now I have moved over to the Safer Neighbourhoods Teams. I have a degree in Animal Welfare and thought about joining the RSPCA at first, but then I became a police officer instead.
“Policing is a great job as there are so many different roles in the organisation you can do. No two days are the same and you can really make a difference in someone’s life. I have the opportunity to meet lots of people. It really is interesting, the diversity is great and working on the Neighbourhood Teams allows us to be able to do visits to the elderly or check in with those in the community who need our support.”
Jane is a very pro active and bubbly officer who really has dedicated herself to her job and her role as East Area LGBTQ+ adviser.
“It is a voluntary role and a very important one to support all the LGBTQ+ members of our community to make sure they feel included. As a member of the community myself, I was so proud to be able to raise the Rainbow flag over Romford police station two years ago and continue doing it each year.
“The role allows me to meet with members of our LGBTQ+ community on a regular basis, have an insight to what is going on around them and what issues we need to address if we are not.
“It also allows me to support other LGBTQ+ officers here at East Area, as an organisation we are always pushing to see what we can do better.We are continuously looking at ways we can improve and to be more inclusive. It is also important for our community to know that if they wish to call for an LGBTQ+ officer, then they can.
“One of the highlights for us was the raising of the LGBTQ+ flag over Romford police station to celebrate LGBTQ+ month that started two years ago and we have been doing it ever since. It really is a positive step to show our community and our officers that we are an inclusive organisation.
“I have never faced any discrimination as a gay officer and my colleagues have always been very supportive. We do regular visits to Yates in Romford for their Lollipop nights which are fantastic.”
Jane is a very proactive and full of life police officer who relishes new challenges, meeting new people and supporting our community.
“Policing is a great job and I love working in our community. It is also great to have the opportunity to support our LGBTQ+ members and have the flag flying over our police station.”