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Warwickshire Police at Warwickshire Pride 2018

Officers and special constables from Warwickshire Police were present at Warwickshire Pride last weekend. The event took place on Saturday (18 August) at the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa.

The team were there to engage with the LGBT+ communities and encourage reporting of hate crime/incidents and same sex domestic violence. It was also an opportunity for members of the public to find out more about the work of the police and career/volunteering opportunities.Warwickshire Pride 1
Warwickshire Pride

The event was opened by Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe, who described the event as a great opportunity "to celebrate how far we've come and to take pride in the vibrancy of the Warwickshire LGBT+ community".Warwickshire Pride 2 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
PC Tom Wright

A police dog unit, an operations patrol unit vehicle and a mobile police station were also in attendance to interact with Pride go-ers, together with officers from Leamington Town Centre Safer Neighbourhood Teams and Jo-An Golding, the force's diversity co-ordinator.Warwickshire Pride 3 Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
Warwickshire Pride - Victim Support

Following the event, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton said: "Warwickshire Pride is in its fifth year and Warwickshire Police has supported the event since it started, with officers, staff and volunteers giving up their time to interact with the public and promote the police within the LGBT communities.

"It's an ideal opportunity to help break down perceived barriers to hate incident reporting and other issues that may affect gay, lesbian and trans members of society."

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Philip Seccombe added: "In Warwickshire we respect and celebrate difference and diversity, so I was delighted to be asked to give the opening address by the organisers.  It's very important to me that everyone living in Warwickshire feels safe, supported and accepted for who they are, with access to equal opportunities and I was therefore keen to help get this message across on the day.

"It provided a great platform for the police and partners such as Victim Support and EquIP to meet the community and make them aware of the support available, as well being able to share wider crime prevention and community safety advice."

Issued: 3.35pm, Thursday 23 August, HCB, Corporate Communications

Published 23/08/18