Pride celebrations are just around the corner and we are looking forward to joining the thousands of people who will be celebrating at local events.
Officers proudly donned rainbow colours and marched alongside revellers at Pride in Bristol on Saturday and will be doing the same at Weston Super Mare Pride in Grove Park on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July.
During Bristol Pride, Avon and Somerset Police will hosted a pre-Pride breakfast at Temple Back Fire Station alongside the Fire Service and Ambulance Service where attendees saw their rainbow wrapped cars and vans, and meet officers and police staff. The PCC and Avon and Somerset Police joined the thousands who took part in the Bristol Pride parade through the city.
The LGBT+ liaison team, which is a mix of police officers and staff who have understanding and training on LGBT+ issues, were onsite at Bristol Pride and will also be onsite at Weston-super-Mare Pride. Their role includes enhancing the relationship between the police and LGBT+ communities in an effort to boost people’s trust and confidence. They will be at the events to positively engage with the community, discuss the work we’re doing to resolve key issues affecting LGBT+ communities, and, most importantly, to speak to people about how the police can help.
Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Events like Pride bring local people together as well as allowing us to share the important message that hate crimes will not be tolerated.
“As individuals, our differences should be celebrated and we need to remember that it’s our uniqueness that makes each and every one of us who we are. Being targeted because of your age, race, sexual orientation, religion or any other reason is unacceptable.”
No one should feel victimised or targeted because of their sexuality. However, we know that LGBT+ members are more at risk than others and are less likely to report crimes committed against them. We want to send a clear message that homophobic and transphobic behaviour will not be tolerated, and want to encourage anyone who is a victim of, or is a witness to hate crime to report this to us. We are dedicated to keeping people safe, to offer our support and to do what we can to bring people to justice.
The PCC’s and Avon and Somerset Police’s support for Pride highlights their commitment to being an inclusive and representative force, and recruiting people from diverse communities is a priority for the Constabulary We will be open for PCSO recruitment on Monday 15 July and we’ll be encouraging people to approach our officers and talk about job opportunities.
Last year Pride Bristol welcomed a record 36,000 people, reflecting further public involvement in showing solidarity towards LGBT+ members. Now in its 10th edition, we anticipate Bristol Pride to be bigger and better than ever with the number of attendees expected to double thanks to festivities taking place on a new venue, on the Bristol Downs.
Posted on Monday 15th July 2019