The European LGBT Police Association (formerly the European Gay Police Association) or EGPA for short, was founded in 2004 and is essentially an umbrella organisation bringing together police LGB and T organisations from across Europe providing a platform to share knowledge, best practice and working together in order to tackle discrimination facing LGBT people both within policing and externally.
The EGPA is an independent association comprising a General Board and an elected Executive Committee. In addition to providing co-operation between members, EGPA organise biennial conferences and provides training resources for police forces across Europe.
The Aims of the European LGBT Police Association are:
Supporting police employees who are LGBT+ or signposting them to organisations that can provide the correct support.
Building confidence within with LGBT+ community to report crime
Supporting the development of National LGBT+ staff support associations
Representing National LGBT+ Police support networks on issues collectively faced
Supporting police forces and national police establishments in the development of operational policing knowledge and services that will enhance services to the LGBT+ community
Supporting police forces and national police establishments in being representative and inclusive of the LGBT+ community