Surrey Police proud and prepared for the return of Pride in Surrey
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With just a few days to go, we are looking forward to once again taking part in Pride in Surrey, with officers and staff joining in the parade around Godalming town centre on Saturday (25 September).
We are busy making the final preparations and have been working with the event organisers and other partners to ensure the weekend is safe and enjoyable for all who attend.
This year, the Pride event will take place in Godalming, with a parade through the beautiful town (departing from The Bury’s at 10:30am). Following the parade, the main event will be held in The Phillips Memorial Park, and a more family orientated event will take place at The Burys ‘rainbow field’.
Waverley Borough Commander, Sam Adcock said: “We are looking forward to taking part in Pride on Saturday, which is being hosted in Godalming this time. Like many events over the past 18 months, last year’s event was held virtually, so it will be fantastic to see the community coming together once again to celebrate Pride in Surrey for the first time since Woking hosted the first ever Pride event in Surrey.
“Our number one priority is to keep everyone safe and our officers and staff are really looking forward to taking part in the parade as well as welcoming visitors to the town.
“We want everyone to enjoy themselves so we would like to remind people to celebrate responsibly. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour.”
LGBT+ Liaison Officer, Tristan Barnett said: “Surrey Pride is shaping to be a really fun and enjoyable event. Our hope is that this event will bring our community together and will give opportunity for everyone to enjoy themselves. However, if you are the victim of a hate crime, we want to hear about it. It’s not OK to be targeted because of who you, your family or your friends are. If you’ve been the victim of a hate crime, remember it is not your fault and help is available. Officers who are trained to deal with hate crime sensitively and professionally will be out and about on the day, so do please speak to them if you feel you have been targeted.
“I am excited that we are in a position to have this event physically. The first Pride event that I was able to represent Surrey Police at, was Brighton in 2013. I had only been an LGBT+ Liaison Officer for a short time and was blown away by the size of the crowds and the positivity that there was in the atmosphere. This year’s event may not have the same size of crowd, but there is no reason why the atmosphere cannot be just as positive and welcoming to all. I wasn’t able to attend the first Pride in Surrey in 2019, but I look forward to being at this year’s event and being part of the excitement and more.
“Throughout the day our team will have a stand and a marked vehicle in the park, so please come along and chat with us. I will be trying to get round the park as much as possible to soak up all the fun that Pride will be delivering and connect with the community, if you see me please give a wave!”
Pride in Surrey reserves the right to refuse entry to or ask someone to leave the event. A challenge 25 policy will be in progress so please bring ID. The event through Godalming town is a secure ticketed event. Find out more information and frequently asked questions by visiting: https://www.prideinsurrey.org/faqs
If you witness anti-social behaviour, please report it to us on 101 (999 in an emergency) or on our website: https://www.surrey.police.uk/ro/report/asb/af/antisocial-behaviour/
To follow the policing operation at the Surrey Pride event, follow us on Twitter @SurreyBeatLGBT or @WaverleyBeat, on Facebook @WaverleyPolice or on Instagram @SurreyPolice
Advice to visitors
Visitors can fall victim to petty crime, particularly pick pocketing. To help make sure you don’t fall victim remember the following:
- Don't bring unnecessary bags to the event
- Don't leave your property, including bags and mobile phones unattended and keep valuables close at all times
- Keep wallets and purses out of sight
- Remain vigilant and be aware of those around you
- Report any suspicious or criminal activity to officers
- Our LGBT+ Liaison Officers, who have specialist training in, and a specific understanding of, lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender issues, will be out and about on the day – please speak to them if you are the victim of hate crime
- If you need support right away or someone is in immediate danger, please call 999
- You can also call 101 to report a hate crime or to get support or advice.
- Be prepared and plan your route to and from the event in advance
- Try to travel with people you know and, where possible, stick to routes and forms of transport that others are using and avoid shortcuts in lonely places
- Bring a fully charged mobile phone
- Store all valuables out of sight
- Consider carrying a personal attack alarm
- Trust your instincts
- Follow https://www.prideinsurrey.org/faqs for details of traffic and travel arrangements, as well as parking facilities.
For all non-emergency policing matters, contact Surrey Police using the online chat function on the home page of www.surrey.police.uk, or by sending a private message via Twitter or Facebook. Contact by these methods is answered by the same people who answer our 101 (non-emergency) and 999 (emergency) calls.
Call 999 if you have a genuine emergency requiring immediate police attendance (e.g. a crime is in progress or someone is in immediate danger).
Call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have information about a crime and don't want to leave your name.
(Picture from Pride in Surrey 2019)