UNIFORMED Queensland Police officers have put their pride on the line to encourage safe and inclusive communities.
For the first time, QPS and Ambulance officers marched in the Brisbane Pride Festival on Saturday.
“Marching at this event is two-pronged for the QPS. It shows our support for community members who identify with the LGBTI community. It also shows the QPS’ support for QPS officers and staff members who identify as LGBTI themselves,” LGBTI liaison officer Senior Sergeant Gai Bolderrow said.
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Some non-LGBTI members also took part in what Senior Sergeant Bolderrow describes as an opportunity to show support for their colleagues and for diversity.
“It shows that the QPS provides assistance to all areas of the community, impartially, independently and unaligned,” she said.
“Each officer is very dedicated to their role in building relationships and providing police services to the LGBTI community.”
Commissioner of Police Ian Stewart said he welcomed the request he received by some officers who wanted to march in the Brisbane Pride Festival Parade, wearing official police uniform.
“We have a very diverse police community – we embrace and value that diversity,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“It is very important to support any QPS officers who wishes to participate. This also strengthens the relationship between the QPS and the LGBTI community.”
The LGBTI liaison program began in 1997 to establish and maintain effective liaison between police and LGBTI communities. The program aims to develop appropriate policies and strategies to ensure equitable service across the state. As at June 2015, there were 100 LGBTI liaison officers across the state.