Police praised for marching in uniform at Brighton Gay Pride

Eight officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary marched at Brighton and Hove Pride
Eight officers and staff from Hampshire Constabulary marched at Brighton and Hove Pride
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HAMPSHIRE police officers were hailed for joining Brighton and Hove Pride in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Eight officers and staff including police constables, special constables, PCSOs, staff and a chief inspector joined the parade, led by Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson.

A further three staff worked on a stall at Brighton’s Preston Park where they spoke to people about the force, how to report hate crimes and promoted Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers.

Hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets again for the parade and they cheered, clapped, waved and whistled as the police went past.

Hampshire Constabulary was represented at senior level this year by Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson. Speaking on the day she said: ‘We’re here to represent lesbian, gay , bisexual and transgender officers and staff from Hampshire and be part of what is a fantastically successful event over many years in Brighton.

‘We’re here to enjoy ourselves, talk to people, get to know people, and present what is a really positive image of policing and Hampshire Constabulary.

‘Hopefully that sends a really strong message internally to colleagues but also externally to members of the public who need to trust and have confidence in us that we understand all different communities.’

It is the sixth year officers from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have marched in uniform.

PC Darryl Clarke, who took part for the fifth time, said: ‘It was a really great atmosphere from the parade.

‘This year has been one of the best parades because we had police forces marching followed by various ambulance services and fire brigades. It made such an impact.’