A police force in Suffolk has been criticised for flying a gay rights flag, despite not being allowed to fly any national banners from their headquarters.
The flag, a rainbow-coloured flag with the police force’s logo in the middle, is being flown from Suffolk Police’s Ipswich headquarters, and stations in Lowestoft and Bury St Edmunds to mark lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month, which is throughout February.
The force is coming under fire though, for being discriminatory, due to the policy that Union Jacks and Crosses of St George cannot be flown from the buildings. Some residents have claimed the move as an example of political correctness winning over common sense.
James Brady of Bury, said:
I am certainly not homophobic in any way – but it’s double standards and ignores the roots and traditions of this country. It’s very disappointing that the police are prepared to put up a flag for a minority at the same time as ignoring the vast majority of people.”
Simon Ash, the force’s Chief Constable, defended the decision, claiming that it was part of a drive to emphasise the force’s prioritising of fairness and equality.
The flags send out the message that we will not accept crime motivated by hate and prejudice and will continue to champion equal opportunities.