States Police to march in first Channel Islands Pride event
STATES police officers will march in uniform when they take part in the Channel Islands' first official Pride event this weekend.
The organisation will be handing out leaflets and other related merchandise during the parade on Saturday to highlight the work the Island is doing to prevent discrimination within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community.
Chief inspector Chris Beechey, head of the LGBTQ team, said: 'The States of Jersey Police are committed to equality and diversity in our Island and we are pleased to take part in this first official pride event.
'Our LGBTQ work is only part of a wide range of equality and diversity engagement, however. This event represents all those people in our community who are discriminated against for whatever reason, and the States Police are determined to do everything we can to help anyone who finds themselves in need of our assistance.'
Chief Insp Beechey is hoping participation in this year's event supports their work in all aspects of hate crime and 'encourages an environment in which members of the public feel able to report such matters'.
Officers will be available at the end of the parade alongside a wide variety of groups and organisations to explain their work in this area.
Assistance about discrimination and hate crime is available from the States police via their Facebook and Twitter pages as well as on the force's official website, which can provide links to presentations and talks.
The Pride march is due to begin at West's Centre at 12.45 pm on Saturday.
AN actress who has starred in London's Burning and Waterloo Road will deliver the key note speech at the Channel Islands' first gay pride event.
Heather Peace Heather Peace, who is also a musician and has released several albums, has campaigned for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning rights for many years and is due to headline the Pride Stage at the Weighbridge at the pride event.
Ms Peace, who will be performing an acoustic set at the Weighbridge as well as delivering the key note address, said: 'I'm really very proud to have been asked to headline the Channel Islands' first ever pride.
'This will be my first ever time performing in Jersey so I'm thrilled.
'Being part of pride festivals is important to me.
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