Herts Police Rainbow Cladded Car

4 September 2017, 13:35

Herts police rainbow car

Herts police have brought out their own rainbow cladded patrol car to support the county's LGBT community.

Herts police have brought out their own rainbow cladded patrol car to support the county's LGBT community.

It's also to raise awareness and openly encourage the reporting of hate crimes.

The launch of the car took place at Herts Pride, hosted this year at Gadebridge Park in Hemel Hempstead.

Members of the public were able to sit inside the new vehicle, as well as speak to officers from the Constabulary, including Chief Constable Charlie Hall.

The Rainbow Car is fully operational and will be deployed across Hertfordshire.  It is currently based at Hatfield Police Station and will move to another area within the county every three months.

The vehicle is a visible reminder that the Constabulary is serious about diversity and valuing difference.

Hertfordshire Constabulary is fully committed to supporting the interests of the LGBT community and the Constabulary already has a number of trained, dedicated hate crime staff who, as part of their work, specialise in investigating homophobic crime and supporting members of the LGBT community.

PC Mark Smith, Chair of the Herts Police LGBT Network, said: "I'm proud to see the introduction of the Hertfordshire Constabulary Rainbow Car. This is a visible symbol of the continued support of the LGBT community by police.  It sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate homophobia, transphobia or biphobia of any type and that police are here to help and support victims as well as deal with any offenders.

"It is important that the Constabulary celebrates events such as Herts Pride as it helps to break down barriers so that members of the public feel comfortable and confident in reporting hate crimes to us."

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