Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police helped support Warwickshire Pride on Saturday 28 June at Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa, to provide a safe and enjoyable day out for all.
The annual event, which celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) culture, attracted hundreds of visitors this year, despite the rainy weather.
The Leamington Safer Neighbourhood Team was at Pride providing an element of community reassurance.
Daniel Browne, Warwickshire Pride Director, said: “Having a police presence was reassuring. The officers who attended on the day were very engaging and got into the spirit of things, which was great to see. I think the public appreciated that.”
The force’s Special Constables were also at Pride on the Warwickshire Police Stall. They were giving the public advice on how to keep communities safe by applying as a Special Constable. To find out more visit www.specialswanted.co.uk
Russell Marsh, Special Sergeant for North Warwickshire, said: “Pride was a huge success despite the weather. The event was packed full of people including local residents and tourists.”
Warwickshire Pride came just over a month after launching the force’s Hate Crime Strategy, tackling hostility and prejudicial based offences.
There was a mobile police station at Pride, where attendees were able to speak to officers in confidence about issues such as Homophobic Hate Crime.
Sp Sgt Russell Marsh added: “Being part of the event allowed us to communicate to people that we are there to protect them from harm.”
Overall, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Pride a safe and fun event.