Police will be marching in this year’s Bristol Pride parade tomorrow to show support for the event and the city’s LGBT+ communities.
In a visual display of unity, the team will be attending in our new Policing with Pride response car.
The car is emblazoned with rainbow colours and the Avon and Somerset Police LGBT+ crest.
As with previous years, our officers and staff will join the thousands who are expected to take part in the parade tomorrow (9 July), with the celebrations continuing with other events and live music performances later in the day.
The LGBT+ Liaison Unit from Avon and Somerset Police are a mix of police officers and police staff members who have special understanding and training on LGBT+ issues. Their role includes enhancing the relationship between the police and LGBT+ communities in an effort to boost people’s trust and confidence.
Deputy Chief Constable Gareth Morgan, who is due to attend, said, “We are proud to support such a great event which celebrates the diversity echoed within our staff here at Avon and Somerset police .
“This year, we will be more visible than ever with our new Policing with Pride car taking centre stage at our stand.
“Police officers and staff will also be proudly wearing their rainbow epaulettes but most importantly we’ll be speaking to people about how police are here to help.
“No one should ever feel victimised or targeted because of their sexuality however we know that people from LGBT+ communities are more likely to be victims of crime and less likely to report it.
“We want to send a clear message that homophobic and transphobic hate crimes will not be tolerated in our city, and encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses hate crime to speak to us. Support is available and we will always do everything we can to bring people to justice.
“Our support for Bristol Pride reflects our commitment to being an inclusive and representative police force, where everyone, including our LGBT staff, are proud of who they are and the work we do to keep people safe.”
The parade meets in Castle Park from 10am, leaving at 11am prompt.
People can visit the police stand in the new location at Millennium Square, where officers will be on hand to offer crime prevention advice, give information on our latest campaigns - including how to report hate crime - and even pose for selfies.
Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Events like Bristol Pride not only bring communities together but also allow us to share the important message that if you are a victim you are not alone and we are here to help.
“As individuals, I believe our differences should be celebrated, it’s our uniqueness that makes each and every one of us who we are. Being targeted because of you age, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other reason is unacceptable.
“I’ve no doubt the new Pride car will help the police in their continued efforts to show that hate crime will not be tolerated in Avon and Somerset.”
For pictures and updates from police on the day, follow the LGBT liaison team on twitter - @ASPoliceLGBT , @ASPolice on Instagram or search ASP LGBT+ on Facebook. For more information about reporting Hate Crime, visit www.avonandsomerset.police.uk
We would like to thank Think Image who kindly supplied the livery for our Pride car for free.
Posted on Friday 8th July 2016