Dyfed Powys Police are to recognise International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
Rhian Glynn Hate Crime Community Engagement Officer said: “It is a day to demonstrate support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff and community members, as well as the wider commitment to equalities and diversity within our organisation and the communities that we serve.”
A number of front line officers from Neighbourhood Policing Teams, the 52 trained Hate Crime Support Officers and members of the LGB staff network will be wearing the international ‘Zero Tolerance Stop Homophobia’ Orange IDAHO Awareness Ribbons, which have been an annual symbol of IDAHO since its inception. Superintendent Claire Parmenter who is the Force Champion for LGB issues stated that “the ribbon is something that people can wear to show their support of the day and of a zero tolerance approach to homophobia.
Dyfed Powys Police will also fly the rainbow flag from its headquarters in Carmarthen, as well as in other central locations around the Dyfed Powys Force area. The flag is the internationally recognised symbol for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, although flying the flag symbolises more than.
“This shows the ongoing Dyfed Powys Police commitment to ensuring people, whatever their individuality, can feel safe in their community,” said -Superintendant Parmenter . “The flag is a general symbol of our support for all diverse communities, including age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, and language, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity.’
The force has also joined the LGBT Excellence Centre’s “I’m Going to…” campaign and produced posters guiding people to take a pledge and commit themselves to take action for the achievement of better LGBT human rights. Pledges can be registered on the charity’s website at www.lgbtec.org.uk.
Dyfed Powys Police take all reports of hate crime seriously and would encourage anyone who is a victim to contact the Force on 101 (999 in an emergency) or report it via a third party system – Report Hate