Commissioner Ian Stewart will be on hand at today’s Brisbane Pride rally and march to wave off the Queensland Police contingent.
Around 30 officers and staff will proudly march in their uniforms for the third year in a row, after the Commissioner made the historic decision to allow it in 2015.
Deputy Commissioner Peter Martin and Assistant Commissioner Mike Condon will march with the QPS contingent.
Commissioner Stewart said QPS officers and staff marching at Pride in uniform was fast becoming an important tradition for the Service.
“The sight of serving Queensland police officers marching in uniform with their LGBTI colleagues, friends and the wider community sends a powerful message that the QPS is an organisation that values diversity,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“QPS participating in the march also reinforces our commitment to the LGBTI community to keep them safe.
“I hope that our continued involvement in events like Pride will build on the important work that is being done by officers right across our organisation to build positive and strong relationships with the LGBTI community.
“I hope that it may also help to reassure some members of the LGBTI community who may have, in the past, not had a lot of trust in police that they are valued and can come to us for help if they need it.”
The Queensland Police Service contingent is taking part in the Brisbane Pride rally and march with the permission of the organisers.
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