THURSDAY 17th May 2018 is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which is known and recognised as IDAHOT.

The day is an annual landmark drawing the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the stigma, abuse and discrimination  that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to face in society.  The rainbow flag is a symbol of their struggles for equality, dignity and respect within society.

Dyfed Powys Police will show our support and commitment to equality and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff as well as our community members by flying the rainbow flag at various stations across the Force during the day.

Officers and staff will also show their support and commitment to equality and diversity by wearing orange IDAHOT awareness ribbons.

Chief Superintendent Vicki Evans said “The ribbon symbolises a very positive message and strong illustration of commitment to the wider equality and diversity agenda across the Force and the communities it serves. Hate crime will not be tolerated in Dyfed Powys and I urge people not to suffer in silence, please report it to police.”

To report a hate crime, you can visit your local police station in person, or speak to your community Police Officer or PCSO. In an emergency call 999. For general questions or to tell the police about a crime or incident that is no longer happening call 101.

Victims can also report directly to the Police via the True Vision reporting system – http://www.report-it.org.uk/report_a_hate_crime

For more details on how to report one or get support visit: https://www.dyfed-powys.police.uk/en/advice-support/i-am-being-targeted-because-of-a-difference/

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