Uniformed Police will march in 2015 Pride Parade

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Police Commissioner Mike Bush has blogged about values and diversity.

The Commissioner and his executive have been discussing the core values they hold dear as an organisation.

He writes :

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While it is important that we reflect the communities we serve, it’s also about celebrating our diversity and treasuring what makes each of us unique.

That’s why, as part of our discussions around diversity, we’ve been considering approaches from staff who wish to march in the annual Auckland Pride Parade in police uniform.

We have decided to allow our staff to march in uniform, with the understanding they are off duty and act with professionalism.

We should encourage police to show pride in who they are and the communities they represent.  As an organisation we stand for diversity and inclusiveness, so it is important we are seen to ‘walk the talk’ where we can.

I note that uniformed Defence Force personnel have marched in the Auckland Pride Parade since 2013 and uniformed police have marched in similar events celebrating sexual diversity in many parts of America, Europe and Australia for several years.

While it is important that we reflect the communities we serve, it’s also about celebrating our diversity and treasuring what makes each of us unique.

That’s why, as part of our discussions around diversity, we’ve been considering approaches from staff who wish to march in the annual Auckland Pride Parade in police uniform.

We have decided to allow our staff to march in uniform, with the understanding they are off duty and act with professionalism.

We should encourage police to show pride in who they are and the communities they represent.  As an organisation we stand for diversity and inclusiveness, so it is important we are seen to ‘walk the talk’ where we can.

I note that uniformed Defence Force personnel have marched in the Auckland Pride Parade since 2013 and uniformed police have marched in similar events celebrating sexual diversity in many parts of America, Europe and Australia for several years.

 Article | Paul Rose

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