The number of rainbow striped cars in the Lancashire Police fleet has been increased.Advertisement
Police now have three cars celebrating the county’s LGBT community.
Preston drivers may see the new brightly coloured cars on their journeys.
In January the force announced it was introducing its first rainbow liveried car.
This has now been expanded to three cars, at no cost to the police for the rainbow designs.
Deputy chief constable Sunita Gamblin said: “Lancashire has a diverse community and as such it’s important for us to understand the differing community needs and support those differing requirements.
“The feedback from our Police with Pride car has been extremely positive, however it highlighted that other strands need to be recognised.”
The cars are introduced following research from charity Stonewall which says hate crime is not being reported, especially by those in the LGBT community.
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Police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “This is a clear statement about our commitment to combating hate crime in all its forms throughout the county, demonstrating that the police are aware of their local communities and keen to reflect them in everything they do.
“These cars are just one aspect of the work being done across Lancashire to tackle hate crime and help victims get the support they need through Lancashire Victim Services which I launched earlier this year and anything that encourages the public to report any incidents to the police or seek the support they need can only be a good thing.”
All three cars are out on active patrol.
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