A RAINBOW flag was unfurled at Wiltshire Police's Devizes headquarters as the force marked the beginning of LGBTQ+ History Month.

Chief Constable Kier Pritchard said: “Diversity is a major focus for us. We celebrate difference, promote diverse and inclusive communities and will continue to challenge prejudice where it exists.

“Raising the flag is a simple, but powerful, gesture. It underpins our commitment to equality for all and I am proud to support this national month of celebration and recognition.

“Although this is just one month, Wiltshire Police continues to work throughout the year to build trust with LGBTQ+ communities, promote hate crime reporting, support our own staff to be who they want to be and, most importantly, celebrate our differences positively.”

The force said it made efforts to support lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender groups. It supports various Pride events across the county and all officers have the option to wear rank epaulettes emblazoned with the rainbow flag.

Police and crime commissioner Angus Macpherson said: “Wiltshire is a diverse community and it is vital our Force reaches out to, and reflects, the communities it serves, which is why I am delighted to be helping to raise this flag.

“Wiltshire Police is an inclusive place to work. We pride ourselves on the support we give our staff to be themselves and to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues they, or their communities, may be facing.

“I am proud to send this positive and powerful signal to our community - we support everyone’s right to live their life free from prejudice."

LGBTQ+ History Month runs until the end of February.