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Officers to paint the city centre rainbow-coloured in support of LGBT+ community

01 Sep 2018 09:00 AM

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Members of Northumbria Police’s LGBT+ Association will be painting the town rainbow-coloured on Saturday. 

A team of officers are devoting their spare time to engage with people from across the LGBT+ community and promote the various opportunities on offer across the Force.

They will be joined by representatives from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue in Newcastle City centre, outside The Yard in Scotswood Road, from about 8pm to midnight.

Chief Inspector Steve Hails, from Northumbria Police, said: “We are so pleased that our officers have volunteered to give up their hard-earned free time to come along to this engagement event and show the community how inclusive our Force is.

“The #BeingYouIsNotACrime campaign has continued to grow since its launch and I think it helps to show members of minority groups that we are here for them and they could also help us to further truly reflect the communities we serve. 

“If you’re nearby on Saturday night, some and say ‘Hi’. You’ll definitely spot us as we’ll have our rainbow coloured police car with us.”

The association will be joined by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and the Rescue Service LGBT+ Association who will also be highlighting the dangers of cooking after a night on the tiles, and the importance of having working safety alarms in your home.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Baines said: “Taking time to engage with our community is an essential part of what we do. By doing so we can better understand each and every individual to ensure they are both safe from the dangers of fire and other emergencies, together with raising awareness of opportunities to work with the Service.

“As part of our ongoing collaboration with Northumbria Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner, we will be outside the pubs and clubs on Scotswood Road in the city from 8pm until midnight on Saturday night in Newcastle, to talk with members of the public about community safety and what’s it like to work at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in the ‘#firefamily’. If you’re out in Newcastle on Saturday night, have a fantastic evening and please take time to come across and speak with us.”

For more information about what constitutes as a hate crime or for advice and support if you have been  victim, visit: 

http://www.northumbria.police.uk/advice_and_information/advice_for_victims_of_crime/hate_crime