Hampshire police officers to march in uniform at Brighton gay pride event

PRIDE Hampshire officers at last year's march in Brighton
PRIDE Hampshire officers at last year's march in Brighton
Picture: Malcolm Wells

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HAMPSHIRE police will once again join the Brighton & Hove Pride parade in a show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Fourteen police officers and members of staff will represent the force on Saturday.

This will be the sixth year the force’s officers and police community support officers have been given permission to march in uniform.

This year, they will be led by Assistant Chief Constable Laura Nicholson.

She said: ‘I’m pleased to say that once again the force will be strongly represented at Brighton & Hove Pride. Our involvement in the parade is a visible demonstration of our commitment and support to our own lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender officers and staff as well as the diverse communities we serve.’

The force has around 100 Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOs) who are specially trained to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims and witnesses.

Inspector Julie Fry, from the constabulary’s LGB&T resource group, said: ‘If you’ve been assaulted, threatened or intimidated because of your sexual orientation or gender identity, you can always phone and ask to speak to one.’

She added: ‘Having been named by Stonewall as the UK’s top police force for LGB people, it’s only right we take a lead at the Brighton & Hove Pride.

‘The police forces represented in the march always receive applause from the thousands of people who line the route each year to watch the parade, many of whom are from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.’

People who have been the victim or witness of a homophobic hate crime can call police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

They can also report hate crimes via the True Vision website at report-it.org.uk