Chester Pride 'a great success' for Constabulary Date published: 22nd August 2017 1.51pm

More than 60 representatives from the Force were at the fifth anniversary of Chester Pride on Saturday, 19 August.

Thousands of people were in the city for the annual LGBT event, which began as ever with a colourful parade through the city centre streets before ending up at Castle Square. The Constabulary's engagement team were at the event with the Hate Crime Prevention Vehicle (Rainbow Car) offering advice on hate crime and personal safety whilst providing crime prevention materials.

"More than 60 Cheshire Constabulary employees, volunteers and friends and family walked in the parade which was a triumph in terms of the impact this had on members of the public.

It was also the first time the newly relaunched Diversity Allies joined the parade in support of LGBT staff and community members. Specially made Pride/Allies flags were taken to the event to identify the Allies, and they were also handed out to the crowds to spread a wider message of support to the community.

"The reaction from members of the republic reiterated just how important it is that we continue to show the LGBT community we are not only supportive of it, but also a part of it.

Amongst the highlights was entertainment from artists including B*Witched, Sonia and Saffrom from Republica.

"The sight of the police walking in the parade reduced a member of the public to tears of joy as she was overcome with emotion which just goes to show how far we have come as a service.

Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick said: “It was an enormous pleasure to be at Chester Pride again with so many colleagues from the police family and its very encouraging to see the event go from strength to strength.

"I would to thank everyone who took part in what truly was a wonderful occasion and I am looking forward to doing it all again next year.

"Pride gives the Constabulary an important opportunity to reinforce our commitment to LGBT people living in, working in and visiting Cheshire. Whether you are a victim of crime or considering working or volunteering for us, we are here for you."

“For those who are not on the LGBT mailing list, please send me or the LGBT mailbox an email request and the team will sort out getting you added."

Cheshire Constabulary LGBT lead PS Danielle Knox added: "Chester Pride 2017 was a great success and the parade was loud and proud, despite the rain.