West Midlands Police celebrate Birmingham Pride
There was a fantastic display of support as West Midlands Police joined more than 80,000 people for a weekend of fun at Birmingham Pride.
Both uniformed and plain-clothes officers patrolled alongside and mingled with Saturday’s parade as the sea of colour and music passed through the centre of the city.
It was the first year in Birmingham Pride’s 22nd year history that a planned counter demonstration took place during the parade. This passed off without incident, and no arrests were made.
In another West Midlands Police first, the police parade contingent was joined by fire and ambulance colleagues, staff from forces across the UK and the National Crime Agency (NCA).
You might have spotted some of WMP’s newest recruits in amongst the action too, including the cadet division, Street Watch volunteers, and police puppy dogs in training!
Despite large crowds partying into the early hours there were no reports of any major disorder at the Pride site. In total, ten people were arrested across the two-day festival, mainly relating to drugs and alcohol.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Phil Dolby, in charge of the policing plan for Pride 2019 said: “Pride is one of the biggest events in the West Midlands. It’s an honour to police the festival and work alongside the organisers to ensure it is safe and enjoyable for everyone attending.
“This was the largest Birmingham Pride to date, with tens of thousands of people descending on the city to march, spectate and party the night away in the Pride arena.
“Our aim as always, is to make sure that the event is trouble free for Pride revellers, and to deal with the small minority of people attending the event to commit crime.
"With just a small number of arrests made this year, overall Birmingham Pride 2019 was a successful, trouble free event and we’re already looking forward to next year!"