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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Scottish Cops 'More Gay-Friendly' Than S.F Police

Posted By on Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 8:37 AM

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It turns out San Francisco isn't the gayest city after all. New research shows that Scottish cops are friendlier toward its gay community and it's not just because they are willing to wear kilts.

Lisa Buchanan, an adviser on the Northern Constabulary, the police force for Northern Scotland, rattles off statistics that show San Francisco cops are not as approachable as those in Scotland.

More victims of anti-gay hate crimes report their incidents to police in Scotland than those in San Francisco, the gay Mecca. Buchanan spent four months with the San Francisco Police Department as part of her research.

"In terms of investigating homophobic hate incidents their approach

is comparable to ours, yet there are much fewer victims coming forward," said Buchanan, whose research was inspired by the film "Milk".

Who cares that the SFPD has it's own Police Officers' Pride Alliance when the discrepancy, she says, has much to do with how police engage the community. The full study will be released later this year.

"In Scotland, and in the north, I think we enjoy much better community relations than they do in San Francisco," Buchanan said.

To draw one sharp comparison, the Scottish police this month launched a new Web site, where citizens can report hate crimes online -- something San Francisco does not have.

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