Police prepare to ‘Love out Loud’ at Pride 2019
Officers and staff from West Midlands Police will be spreading the love this weekend as they take part in and police Birmingham’s 22nd Pride parade.
The annual event has ‘Love out Loud’ as the theme and has been planned by the fantastic organisation team at Birmingham Pride in conjunction with Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Police and others.
The initial Pride parade begins at midday on Saturday (25 May) and officers will be ensuring the vibrant sea of colour and music passes safely through the centre of Birmingham.
Pride continues throughout Saturday and Sunday in Birmingham’s Gay Village and the Hurst Street area, while the Great Birmingham 10k run takes place in the city on Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, you will see an increase in police officers and staff around the city, to keep the public safe as both events get underway.
Officers and staff from the force’s LGBTQ+ Network - an internal West Midlands Police association for LGBTQ+ employees - will be supporting uniformed officers at Pride, speaking to visitors and marching in the vibrant parade.
Superintendent Phil Dolby, responsible for policing Pride this weekend, said: "Each year Birmingham Pride brings a vast array of people together to celebrate the diversity and tolerance for which our iconic city is renowned.
“It’s set to be a busy weekend of celebrations with tens of thousands of people heading into the city from across the UK to join in the celebrations at Birmingham’s Gay Village, and to participate in the hugely popular Great Birmingham 10k run.
"My officers will be helping the event organisers to hold a safe event and will be maintaining a highly visible presence around the city throughout the entire weekend.
"We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe. I would ask people to be our eyes and ears - if you see something suspicious tell a police officer or member of security staff so we can respond appropriately."
Last year around 75,000 people watched the Pride parade, and organisers are again encouraging people to come down to experience the inclusive, carnival atmosphere.
The procession sets off from Victoria Square in Birmingham at midday, but those taking part can arrive at the square from 10.30am. In a West Midlands Police first, our parade contingent will be joined by fire and ambulance colleagues, neighbouring forces and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Some of our newest recruits will be joining in the action too including the cadet division, Street Watch volunteers, and police puppy dogs in training!
Officers working the events are there to keep attendees safe and arrest anyone seeking to commit crime; but visitors to Pride and the 10k can also do their bit to keep themselves safe by staying with friends, looking after their property and parking in a secure location. For safety advice visit: www.west-midlands.police.uk
Crime prevention messages as well as policing updates will be tweeted through the Birmingham Police twitter account - @brumpolice
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