Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Cops ditch the blue and Wear It Purple
Every member of this community has the right to feel safe, accepted and listened to.
That is why Murray River Police District took part in Wear It Purple Day on Friday, to demonstrate support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/ Questioning, Intersex community.
Some Deniliquin officers ditched the traditional blue uniform for purple shirts, including Deniliquin officer in charge Jy Brown.
Paired with the purple shirts this year were purple face masks, to ensure they also met COVID-19 regulations.
‘‘The day aims to raise awareness about the wellbeing of people who are sexuality and gender diverse, particularly young people, and the prevention of bullying and youth suicide,’’ Chief Inspector Brown said.
‘‘This year’s Wear It Purple theme is ‘Start the Conversation . . . Keep it Going’, and that’s what we aim to do by wearing the purple uniforms.
‘‘The theme is focused on the importance of having conversations regarding sexual orientation and gender identity, and for those conversations to not just happen on Wear It Purple Day, but any day.’’
Deniliquin-based police youth and domestic violence liaison officer Paul Ebsworth said by participating in Wear It Purple Day, local police are also sending a message to the community that police are here to help.
‘‘Anyone in the LGBTQI+ community should feel comfortable to come to the station, any police station, to make a report,’’ Sen Const Ebsworth said.
‘‘Domestic and family violence can be a large issue within the LGBTQI+ community, and we want to assure them that police across the whole Murray River Police District will not tolerate any form of discrimination or violence,’’ Chief Insp Brown added.
‘‘We have a dedicated gay and lesbian liaison officer here in Deniliquin — Senior Constable Furze — and there’s also one in Albury,’’ Chief Insp Brown continued.
‘‘Senior Constable Furze recently transferred to Deniliquin and filled the role, and she looks forward to working with the local community.
‘‘Her role is to support anyone from the LGBTQI+ community who needs to interact with police, and to forge engagement between that community and police.’’
Anyone requiring crisis support can contact Accessline on 1800 800 944, Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, BeyondBlue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. Information is also available at www.denimentalhealth.org.au.