This weekend sees the celebrations of Newcastle Pride in Exhibition Park- one of the LGBT+ communities’ biggest events in the North.
It sees people from all across the country celebrating and supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender plus community (LGBT+).
Officers and staff regularly participate in a number of events and parades throughout the year, including Pride, equality conferences and community group meetings.
We have a dedicated LGBT+ association within the force to support officers and staff and regularly fly the LGBT+ flag across Northumbria.
This week we have put a colourful stamp on the staircase in our city centre police station in Newcastle to again demonstrate our dedication to staff and the public to tackling hate crime, with the staircase now boldly displaying the famous rainbow colours of the LGBT+ community.
Assistant Chief Constable David Felton, one of the leads for Northumbria Police’s LGBT+ Association, was at the unveiling of the stairs this week, he said: “Northumbria Police is proud to stand alongside colleagues, partners and the public to show their support for the community and demonstrate our dedication to inclusivity and equality.
“The LGBT+ community can often become victims of hate crimes and suffer horrendous verbal and physical abuse just because of who they are and we here in Northumbria stand together with those victims and their community to show we will take action against offenders.”
In June this year Northumbria Police has again been shortlisted to the top 10 in the finals for the 2019 Pink News Awards. Ten nominees were selected by a panel for this year’s Public Sector Award and for the second year running, our force has made the shortlist- being the only force in the country to achieve this.
The award itself recognises the work of public sector employees to improve LGBT+ equality for both their own employees and the wider community.
In addition to this we also secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 employers for the second year running.
The LGBT+ association also presented local mental health charity Tyneside and Northumberland MIND with a cheque of £1,105 as a result of their fundraising efforts throughout the year.
ACC Felton added: “We want to reaffirm our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Everyone has the right to feel supported and heard, and we are here to make sure that happens.”
You can find out more about how Northumbria Police are supporting diversity, equality and inclusion by visiting our website www.northumbria.police.uk
Anyone who is a victim of hate crime can contact police via 101, or 999 in an emergency, or by dropping into their local station or visiting our website for more info.