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Force a 'gay-friendly workplace'
Hampshire Constabulary officers
The force set up a group to support LGBT officers and staff
Hampshire Constabulary is one of the most gay-friendly workplaces in Britain, according to a national study.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2008 ranked the force in joint-third place with Staffordshire Police.

The gay rights organisation rated Nacro as the best employer, while the Greater London Authority took second place.

Hampshire Constabulary set up its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender resource group six years ago to support its staff.

Ch Con Paul Kernaghan said: "As a police force we aim to fully represent the diverse communities we serve.

"As an employer we want to be able to attract the best candidates from all sectors of society.

"I am quite clear therefore that a force which does not include talented individuals, selected on merit, cannot be an effective force or a desirable employer."

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