Representatives from Merseyside Police will, once again, be taking part in this year’s Liverpool Pride parade on Saturday, 2 August 2014.
Police officers will be in uniform for the march through the city centre. They will be alongside members of civilian staff and, for the first time, Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and her Deputy Ann O’Byrne, as well as a host of other groups and organisations.
This is the fourth year that officers and staff from the force will be taking part. They will also be alongside colleagues from Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester Police.
The force’s gay and lesbian support network (GLSN) is organising colleagues taking part. Officers will all march under the banner of “Police with Pride”.
The event will centre on the Pier Head and the Stanley Street Quarter with a range of community events also taking place after the march.
The force will have a stall in the marketplace area with information about hate crime, recruitment and the force’s insight scheme where people can join the police for a day to see what happens.
Detective Constable Tracy O’Hara works in the Sigma team, the force’s specialist hate crime investigation unit. She will lead the police contingent in the parade and said: “being part of the parade will show our commitment to the communities we serve being places where people can truly be themselves, free from prejudice and discrimination.
“Our visibility will demonstrate we represent every single person on Merseyside and I’d urge people on the day to come along, ask us questions and learn more about our roles.
“We will also be running a workshop about the work of the force’s Sigma unit. Officers will be happy to answer any questions and will be giving out literature which people can take away and display in their workplaces.
“Saturday will be an immensely proud moment for me. After having marched in the parades in Manchester for many years, being able to be in a Liverpool parade alongside colleagues and friends is amazing.”
Chief Inspector Mark Morgan is the Silver Commander for the event. He said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome both visitors and locals to this year’s Liverpool Pride.
“Officers will be visible throughout the event to help make sure everyone has a great time and enjoys it safely, but there are also some simple steps people can take to help protect themselves and their belongings:
- be aware of your surroundings and those around you as Pride will be a really busy event
- take care of your property and keep valuables close – don’t leave bags and mobile phones unattended at any time
- keep wallets, purses and cash safe and out of sight
- Pride is very much a family event so keep children close by as there will be large crowds
- If you are going to enjoy the city’s renowned night time economy, please do so safely. Drink responsibly, stick with your friends and plan your route home and you should have a great time.
“Pride promises to be another fantastic day in a summer of big events for Liverpool and I’m confident this year’s event will be the best yet.”
Assistant Chief Constable Darren Martland said: “Merseyside Police fully supports Liverpool Pride. Lots of our officers will be in the parade, many of them in uniform, and we hope it will be another outstanding success.”
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