UK Police paint Pride rainbows on side of squad cars

UK Police paint Pride rainbows on side of squad cars

Police are painting rainbows on the side of their squad cars in an apparent bid to beat online hate crimes and 'give confidence' to the LGBT+ community. 

Deputy chief constable Julie Cooke said: 'Cars are there in the communities on normal policing patrol just to show the community that we want you to come forward... 

'It is there to try and give confidence to our LGBT+ community, but also to other under-represented groups.'

Former police officer and founder of campaign group Fair Cop, Harry Miller, said: 'We don't see the Met with special cars for knife crime, even though the number of stabbings in London is appalling.

'The problem is that the second that you see a rainbow car, you know that it is a police force that has made its mind up about some very contentious issues. 

'You no longer see a police car or a police officer who is there to support everyone, from all political persuasions, without fear or favour.

'They have literally tied their colours to the mast and painted their cars with their political leanings.'