Hertfordshire Constabulary has launched its first rainbow patrol car to encourage engagement with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.
The car, which is fully operational and will be deployed across the county, was launched at Herts Pride in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.
It is currently based at Hatfield Police Station but will move to another area within Hertfordshire every three months.
Hertfordshire Constabulary says it is fully committed to supporting the interests of the LGBT community, and the force already has a number of trained, dedicated hate crime staff who, as part of their work, specialise in investigating homophobic crime and supporting members of the LGBT community.
PC Mark Smith, chairman of the Herts Police LGBT Network, said: “I’m proud to see the introduction of the Hertfordshire Constabulary Rainbow Car. This is a visible symbol of the continued support of the LGBT community by police.
“It sends out a strong message that we will not tolerate homophobia, transphobia or biphobia of any type, and that police are here to help and support victims as well as deal with any offenders.
“It is important that the constabulary celebrates events such as Herts Pride as it helps to break down barriers so that members of the public feel comfortable and confident in reporting hate crimes to us.”