Police officers will join in pride celebrations for seventh year

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POLICE officers will show their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community by marching in a gay pride parade.

Fourteen police officers and members of police staff will represent Hampshire Constabulary at the Brighton and Hove march on Saturday.

This is the seventh year officers have been permitted to march in uniform.

They will be led by Chief Constable Andy Marsh, who joins the parade for the first time.

He said: ‘I’m immensely proud of the achievements the force has made over the last decade in improving life for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees and communities.

‘It’s the dedicated people within the organisation who have made these changes happen. They, and I, remain committed to this work and developing the partnerships we have with our LGBT communities.

‘I believe it is right that Hampshire Constabulary is strongly represented at Brighton and Hove Pride each year.

‘This is my first as chief constable which is why I will be joining my officers and staff for the parade as a visible demonstration of our ongoing commitment and support.’