The Commissioner of Police authorised all police officers and staff, for the first time in WA Police’s history, the ability to participate in uniform in the annual Pride Parade held in Northbridge, Perth.
Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan said the decision reflected the values of the agency and was a demonstration of our commitment to equality and diversity.
“A lot of police officers have been waiting for this decision and I am pleased to be able to support them and make it happen in my time as Commissioner”.
On Saturday night, 19 November 2016, approximately 25 police personnel participated in the parade and the Commissioner was represented by Deputy Commissioner Steve Brown APM who participated in the march.
Numerous officers from regional Western Australia attended and it demonstrates widespread organisational support for persons within the LGBTI+ community. Members of the public, even in regional WA, should feel comfortable approaching their local police to speak with them about LGBTI+ related crime issues, domestic violence etc.