Open letter from the London Metropolitan Police Service to Pride in London
The Metropolitan Police is proud to be part of Pride, an event that is a spectacular celebration of diversity, inclusivity and our wonderful city.
Pride is renowned internationally for being one of the safest and friendliest events in London, and this year we are working as hard as ever to prepare.
We know that the terrorist attacks of 2017 have made some people concerned about large scale events. There may also be concerns about risks to the LGBT+ community, in particular following the events in Orlando in 2016. We take everyone’s safety incredibly seriously, but it is important for us to say that there is no reason to believe that Pride will be anything other than an amazing and safe day.
Our work to get ready for Pride started almost straight away after last year’s event, and together with the organisers and volunteers we have been planning meticulously for many months.
Over the years we have forged close relationships with the team at Pride, not only to keep the event safe but to ensure it is enjoyed by the millions of people who come to London to celebrate and be part of the occasion.
We will continue to monitor all risks and keep everyone up to date as the event approaches.
Vigilance is always important at a time of general threat, but we want people to be alert, not alarmed and to reassure you that the Met Police are working tirelessly to keep you safe.
David Musker, Commander