We police with pride every day of the year. And this July, we’ll be throwing our support behind three events across our force area as part of LGBT+ Pride month.
Look out for our LGBT+ liaison officers at the following:
- Saturday 14th July, Bristol Pride. - Saturday 21st July, Bath Carnival, incorporating Pride. - Saturday 28th July, Weston-super-Mare Pride.
Sgt Helen Riddell, LGBT+ liaison officer and South West regional representative for the National LGBT+ Network, said: “In years gone by, officers would not have had the courage or have been allowed to be in uniform marching at a Pride event but we can all be proud that we are part of an organisation that actively values people being their whole self at work.
“Members of our LGBT+ Liaison Team are volunteers of all different sexualities, gender identities and roles from across the force. We welcome anyone to the team who wants to strengthen relationships with our communities and improve understanding of LGBT+-related matters, to ensure we always provide the best support to the public. Our LGBT+ Liaison Team represents diversity within our force and we hope this visibility will inspire people from any background to realise policing is a career of choice for them.”
During Pride events, our LGBT+ Liaison Officers will be carrying out their regular duties. They are all staff and officers who volunteer to be part of the team and they take part in a range of activities. They visit schools and community groups; educate and advise their colleagues; mentor new LGBT+ staff; support victims of hate-motivated crimes and incidents; contribute to the National LGBT+ Network; and form a vital part of the organisation at all levels.
Follow our LGBT+ Liaison Team on Twitter at @ASPoliceLGBT to hear what policing with pride means to them. We'd love to hear your stories too - share them with us and use the hashtag #PolicingWithPride.