West Yorkshire Police Will Join Celebrations for Leeds Pride
Thursday 1 August 2019
LGBT+ officers and staff from West Yorkshire Police will be joining in the celebrations for Leeds Pride this weekend.
A group of LGBT officers will be taking part in the parade on Sunday (4/8) at what is expected to be the largest Pride event the city has seen.
The officers taking part will be adding a splash of rainbow flag detail to their uniforms to show the Force’s continued support for the LGBT+ community as an inclusive organisation.
A separate policing operation will be in place for the event, supported by colleagues from the City Neighbourhood Policing Team and Special Constables, in liaison with Leeds City Council and the event’s organisers, who are leading the safety operation at the main site in Millennium Square.
Hate crime co-ordinators from Leeds District will also be working at the event to offer advice and support.
Superintendent Jackie Marsh, who is leading the policing operation, said: “Leeds Pride is always such a fantastic event for the city and we are very proud to be a part of this important celebration of the LGBT+ community.
“Last year’s Leeds Pride attracted tens of thousands of people to city and this year’s event is expected to be even bigger.
“We will be working with our partners in the local authority and the event’s organisers to make sure people can have a safe and enjoyable time.
“Separate to the policing operation, we have a number of LGBT+ officers taking part in the parade. This is a great opportunity to engage with people and show that we are an inclusive organisation that actively encourages recruitment and interest from the LGBT+ community.”