The European Gay Police Association (EGPA) was established in 2004. It aims to provide a conduit for LGBT European Police employees to network, to share best practice and to support developing European countries build internal and external service provision capacity.
The first conference was held in Amsterdam in 2004. In 2005 the Gay Police Association hosted an EGPA conference in London to coincide with the UK GPA’s 15th anniversary. Subsequent conferences have been held in Stockholm (2006), Barcelona (2008) and Vienna (2010). In London, Stockholm and Vienna, the European Police officers also attended the national Gay Pride event, marching in uniform.
The EGPA, working through conferences, annual meetings and networking events has assisted with the establishment of LGBT support groups in Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Belgium, France and Austria.
These groups have subsequently same as on to support the development of LGBT policing policies in Eastern Europe, Asia and South America.