New Zealand Police have launched a specially designed, one-of-a-kind Rainbow police car for this year’s Pride Parades in Auckland and Wellington.
The Rainbow car, which will also feature at associated Pride festival week events, has been created to mark the police’s commitment to diversity, and to acknowledge the important relationship between police and New Zealand’s Rainbow community.
Police Commissioner Mike Bush says the Rainbow car is a "visible representation" of their value of diversity.
“As an organisation we look to encourage staff to ‘use who they are’ not ‘lose who they are’ when becoming a police officer,” says Police Commissioner Bush.
“Therefore it’s important to encourage staff to show pride in the communities they represent.
“We are a diverse organisation and I am proud of the work we’ve done over recent years to build relationships with the LGBTIQ+ community.
“I also encourage members of the LGBTIQ+ community to join us as future Police recruits as part of our current recruitment drive.”
Uniformed police staff will accompany the Rainbow car at the Pride Parade on February 17.
Police Commissioner Bush march in the parade alongside Police Executive, Deputy Commissioner National Operations, Mike Clement, Deputy Commissioner Resources, Audrey Sonerson, Deputy Chief Executive People, Kaye Ryan and Deputy Chief Executive Public Affairs, Karen Jones.
The car will be returned to circulation with standard police livery after the Auckland and Wellington Pride Parades.