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Rainbow police car to tackle homophobia

July 18, 2014 | By | In News

 

Greater Manchester Police has unveiled a rainbow-patterned police car as part of its stand against homophobic hate crimes in the city.

Officers have claimed that the car demonstrates “modern policing” in action, and is an attempt to bring attention to homophobic crime – in a city which has been described as “too dangerous” to walk through at night by some of its own police force, writes the Daily Mail.

“If it is indicating that police are trying to take the issue more seriously, and this is their PR way of advertising that, then fair enough.”

Fitted with multi-coloured flashing lights, in place of the standard police blue, the car is meant to be a highly visible tool in Greater Manchester Police’s fight against homophobia. However, it has been branded as “tacky” by gay rights campaigners, who claim that it will do little to actually help victims of homophobic hate crime.

The brand new Hyundai i30 has been funded by donations from businesses and will lead Manchester’s Pride parade in August, before ending up on the beat in suburban areas of the city in attempt to improve police approachability.

David Allison from gay rights group OutRage! said that he doubts that the “rainbow car” will help victims.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he commented: “It may be a but tacky, but at least it will draw attention to the police and will help deter potential wrongdoers. But I can’t see it going further than that.

“If it is indicating that police are trying to take the issue more seriously, and this is their PR way of advertising that, then fair enough.”

Manchester Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “It would be patronising if we weren’t doing a huge amount of other things to work with the gay community and to fight hate crime.

“There is a really serious issue we have got on the level of hate crime and the level of community tensions.”

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