[G]reater Manchester Police has issued a tribute to former police officer Julie Barnes-Frank, whose funeral took place earlier today. The following words are from PC Darren Haslam, a close friend and former colleague of Julie.
“Julie Barnes-Frank was instrumental in changing attitudes and behaviour towards to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues in Greater Manchester Police and the police service as a whole. She tackled homophobia and discrimination in the workplace by challenging inequality in policies and procedures and changing the culture of the police service where LGBT officers and staff can now be themselves at work. “Julie also built relationships with communities across Greater Manchester at various meetings, taking part in the Manchester Pride Parade and delivering training to officers giving them a better understanding of some of the issues that LGBT people may face in day-to-day life with regards to homophobia in society.
“She also created a staff support group where people could get advice or support for any issues at work or in their personal life – providing a place of security for those feeling most vulnerable.
“Julie created an everlasting legacy ensuring that the workplace is inclusive and from which the LGBT communities also benefited from.
“Her warmth, kindness, compassion and positivity will be missed as a truly inspirational colleague and loving friend to many.”