Outgoing Adney leaves strong legacy
SYDNEY: After more than five years in the role of NSW Police’s Spokesperson for LGBTI issues, Chief Superintendent Donna Adney, has stepped down from her position to take on a new role at the NSW Police Dog Unit.
Adney was farewelled at an afternoon tea attended by community advocates, police and members of the media last Wednesday.
As the inaugural spokesperson, Adney has shaped the role and strengthened relationships between LGBTI stakeholders and the NSW Police.
“There’s no question that the links between the LGBTI community and the NSW Police Force are more resilient today because of Donna’s extraordinary efforts,” said ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill.
For her part, Adney said she has a much “broader knowledge and understanding now of the challenges the LGBTI community face” and stands by the slogan “education, awareness, understanding, inclusion”.
She highlighted changes in the broader policing community and police involvement in community efforts such as Wear It Purple as proud moments, saying she thinks with them they achieved a broader sense of inclusion.
“These are the things I think might be the most lasting.”
She admitted her relationship with the community may have been rocky at times but said for any partnership to work everyone has to come to the table prepared to have the discussion.
“Not to necessarily agree, because we all have different angles of where we’re coming from – but you need to at least be prepared to listen.
“I think learning to really listen to the community is the main lesson I learned. As long as the police and community are prepared to come to the table and exchange information, we can keep moving forward.”
Surry Hills LAC Commander, Superintendent Tony Crandell takes over from Adney as the new spokesperson for LGBTI people.
[Pictured] Chief Superintendent Donna Adney at the LGBTI community farewell function. Photo: Cec Busby