The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender rainbow flag is being flown at half mast at the Strategic Police and Fire HQ in Eastleigh.
And in an act of remembrance and solidarity one minute’s silence was held at 3pm today for the victims and survivors of Sunday’s deadly attack at the Pulse Club in Orlando, Florida.
Officers and staff across the force were asked to pause the mark the minute’s silence.
In a press release a spokesman for the joint HQ said:
”The LGB&T rainbow flag is being flown to reflect our thoughts remaining with the victims’ families as they grieve for loved ones who died as a result of the shooting at an LGB&T nightclub on June 12. ”
Forty-nine people have died in what is the worst mass shooting in recent American History.
Call for unity
Sergeant Kirsten Troman from Hampshire Constabulary’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGB&T) Resource Group said:
“We support this call for unity and strength against hatred and prejudice in its most extreme forms.
“Hampshire Constabulary is striving towards an ever stronger commitment to encourage equality and inclusion with mutual respect and understanding in all the communities we protect.
“Hate crime incidents, discrimination, bullying and harassment of anyone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity must never be tolerated. ”
Hampshire Constabulary say they’re committed to tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and retain dedicated Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLOS) to manage situations and issues affecting Hampshire’s LGB&T communities and those who may be experiencing problems can contact them in confidence.
“If you’re reporting a crime or providing information, we’ll do everything necessary to protect your identity. If you still wish to remain anonymous, we will respect your request.
“Phone 101 if it’s not urgent. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101. In an emergency, always dial 999. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”