The Deputy Police Commissioner will join Merseyside Police's Chief Constable and representatives from the Force as they once again take part in this year’s Liverpool Pride parade on Saturday, 30 July 2016.
This is the first time Cllr Sue Murphy and Chief Constable Andy Cooke have marched in the parade, and is Chief Constable Cooke’s first Pride event as Chief.
Officers will be in uniform for the march through the city centre, alongside civilian staff, friends, families, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) allies, as well as partner agencies and other organisations.
This is the sixth year that officers and staff from the force will be taking part. The force's LGBT support network is organising police officers and staff taking part and they will march under the banner of "Police with Pride".
The march will process through the city centre before finishing at St George’s Hall Plateau where an afternoon of events will be held.
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.
For the first time this year, the force will also have a “Police with Pride car,” and those involved in the march will see in situ at (TBC). The force will also be taking part in the “Come out of the Shadows” event, in the run up to this year’s Pride. Force headquarters at Canning Place, will be one of a number of iconic buildings across Merseyside to be lit up in rainbow colours in support of the LGBT community.
Merseyside’s Deputy Police Commissioner Cllr Sue Murphy said: “I am thrilled to be joining in with the Pride celebrations this year. It will be an honour to march with members of the Commissioner’s team, the Chief Constable and officers and staff from the Force alongside hundreds of members of the LGBT community and their family and friends.
“Liverpool Pride is not only an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our region, it is a chance to raise awareness of homophobia and transphobia and send out a powerful, united message that hate will not be tolerated in our communities. In the wake of the awful incidents in Orland last month this message has never been more important.
“Pride goes from strength to strength every year and I hope this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet, with even more people coming out to show their support and demonstrate that there is no place for hate in Liverpool.”
Merseyside Police Chief Constable, Andy Cooke said: “I am delighted that once again our force is taking part in Liverpool Pride 2016 and I am proud as Chief Constable of Merseyside, to be marching alongside LGBT colleagues from Merseyside Police. It is an opportunity to show our commitment to helping the communities we serve become places where people can truly be themselves, free from prejudice and discrimination.
“Merseyside’s support of an event which celebrates diversity and takes a united stand against hate crime is particularly important given the terrible incident in Orlando in June in which so many innocent people lost their lives while simply enjoying a night out.
“We cannot allow the minority of people in society who are motivated by hate because they resent, disapprove of or are ignorant of diversity to intimidate or hurt other people just because they perceive them to be different.”
“By celebrating diversity through events like Pride we make it clear that Merseyside Police will not tolerate hate crime of any kind and that those who commit hate crimes have no place in our communities.
“We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our LGBT partners in both policing and participating in today’s event and I hope everyone enjoys what will undoubtedly be a very safe and successful Liverpool Pride 2016.”
Supt Jenny Sims, Silver Commander for the event, said: "Once again Merseyside Police would like to welcome everyone, both residents and visitors, taking part in this year's Liverpool Pride, to the city.
"Officers will be visible throughout the event to help make sure everyone has a great time and enjoys it safely, but as with any event 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 pubs, bars and clubs, 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 a success"
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Image: Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy taking part in Liverpool Pride in 2014.