Sussex Police is defending its decision to spend £750 on two of the Force’s cars – including one in Eastbourne – to promote LBGT equality within the community.
A backlash has erupted on the Eastbourne Buzz Facebook page, with people questioning whether the money should have been spent in this way, or whether it could have been put to better use elsewhere.
Eastbourne Buzz requested an interview about the colourful cars, but instead, received the following statement from Sussex Police, “This year Sussex Police has spent £750 (including VAT) on livery/decor for two police cars. One is a Brighton based fleet car and will appear in the Brighton and Hove Pride Parade on Saturday, 5 August. The other vehicle is a fleet car from Eastbourne and this will attend Eastbourne Pride, Hastings Pride and London Pride. The artwork was added to the cars by the company who our current livery contract is held with. Other than during these events, the cars will be used as a normal resource, alongside other fleet vehicles on the Divisions.
“Sussex Police play a large role in the policing of Pride which is one of the biggest events that takes place in Brighton and Hove each year. We also feel it is important to promote LGBT equality within our local communities and build upon our relationship with those who come from minority groups. By taking part in the parade we hope to show that we are a supportive and open minded organisation who the people of Sussex can trust and have confidence in.”