Yes, I know. The title is a cliché of the tired-old Star Wars joke but with recent events in the news I thought I’d bring this article forward a few weeks to today.
The murder of an openly gay
policeman in Paris a couple of weeks ago in a terror attack reminds us all of
the wonderful work they do to protect us. The same can be said of the police
officer murdered in a similar manner outside the House of Parliament in London.
On a more positive side the UK saw the coming out of the police officer who was
recently appointed to the highest rank in the UK, Cressida Dick, the new
Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
The relationship between
the lgbt community and the police around the world still throws up some serious
matters for concern (but then, so do the actions of some elements in the lgbt
community). However, that’s not the concern of today’s article. Since 2000
there has been an increasing acceptance of lgbt police officers within the
service itself, though the legacy of suspicion within the lgbt community has
been slower in acceptance. Sometimes it is difficult to believe that the police
are not homophobic when individual police officers express their homophobia.
There are many openly lgbt
police officers of all ranks around the world. Below is a 3-part table listing
some of them who have achieved notability. Because I live in the UK and have
more information readily to hand I hope you don’t mind if I concentrate on the
UK police today. I’m preparing articles on other police forces for later in the
The titles of the higher
ranks vary between some forces and to produce the tables I’ve used the shoulder
epaulette insignia, which are much more unified and better at giving a visual
indication of equal ranks. The lowest ranks are listed first. At the bottom of
the third chart is Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Her insignia seems to indicate a rank higher than a Chief Constable. The Metropolitan
Police doesn’t have the rank of Chief Constable, and has extra senior ranks
that other forces don’t have. Hence she appears to outrank the Chief Constables
when, in fact, she doesn’t (only in London, as the Chief Constable’s outrank
her in their own area of authority).
You can also see some
gaps. Because I brought this article forward a few weeks I haven’t had time to
research the ranks with gaps. I will update this article when I do.