Police showing their support for Leeds Pride

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins and Inspector Ben Ryder with one of the vans decked out ready for Leeds Pride.

Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins and Inspector Ben Ryder with one of the vans decked out ready for Leeds Pride.

Officers in Leeds are policing with pride – and they’ve got specially decorated vans to prove it!

Two of the city team’s vans are sporting a new look this weekend to mark the 10th anniversary of Leeds Pride.

The idea came from Imran Shah, a member of Leeds division’s independent advisory group, and was backed by Inspector Ben Ryder, who chairs the force’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network.

West Yorkshire’s Temporary Chief Constable, Dee Collins, said: “I can’t wait for my first pride in Leeds – I’m ditching my uniform for the day so I can enjoy the whole experience. Happy 10th birthday Leeds Pride!”

Inspector Ben Ryder, LGBT police scrutiny panel member T Bukhari, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins, Imran Shah and Inspector Andy Berriman with the specially decorated vans.

Inspector Ben Ryder, LGBT police scrutiny panel member T Bukhari, Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins, Imran Shah and Inspector Andy Berriman with the specially decorated vans.

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