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PSNI is indulging this selected group

By Jim Allister

Since it is unlawful to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in recruitment, the LGBT community has full equality and protection under the law.

So, why is the PSNI falling over itself to pander to this selected group in society? Having already endorsed their campaign for Same Sex Marriage hasn't the PSNI done enough genuflecting already?

Recruitment must solely be on merit. That's a principle which cannot be directed to boost any community. In actively seeking LGBT recruits the PSNI claims under-representation. How has this been measured and against what is it being benchmarked?

Has the PSNI swallowed the exaggerated claims of their partner in this recruitment drive, the Rainbow Project, as to the level of LGBT people in society? What percentage of the PSNI is the Chief Constable hoping to attain for LGBT officers? Many would believe that the LGBT community already gets special treatment. I don't recall them painting any Land Rovers in the colours of the Loyal Orders for the Twelfth - in spite of the fact that the Order's halls are regularly subject to hate attacks in a way that would make UK-wide news if they were directed against the LGBT community.

This outreach is also aimed at recruiting transgender people.

Given that the PSNI says it is under-represented in terms of women, will biological men claiming to be women be at an advantage in the recruitment process? Will biological men end up searching female suspects? Will female suspects have a right to object? Or are we all in a crazy world where even such questions are dismissed as "transphobic"?

Will officers who claim to be non-binary be provided with both a male and female uniform, to accommodate their gender choice? Has this already happened, either with recruits or in the ranks?

It seems that the LGBT lobby get special treatment and that their Rainbow Flag is a symbol of immunity, meaning any criticism aimed at them is immediately dismissed. Such will not deter me from raising questions that need to be asked.

Jim Allister is the TUV leader and a North Antrim MLA

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