North Wales police said it hoped that displaying the rainbow would make the gay, lesbian and transgender community feel safer and less apprehensive about talking to officers, especially if reporting homophobic offences.
The rainbow, it said, was a globally recognised symbol of acceptance that would help reinforce the constabulary’s commitment to equality and diversity.
Accepting: PC Manus Sheridan and Greg George with the rainbow stickers. Police said the rainbow was a globally recognised symbol of acceptance
Pc Manus Sheridan, of North Wales Police Gay Police Association, said police officers came into contact with people of different races and sexualities and it was important that they offered a good level of service to all members of the community.
'Some individuals, for a number of reasons, may feel apprehensive of approaching the police to report incidents,' Pc Sheridan said.
'It is essential that all members of the community feel confident enough to enter our stations to report any incident, whatever background they are from.
'This initiative is a further sign of our commitment to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community that NWP are here and can be trusted to deliver our service without prejudice.'
Greg George, head of diversity development at the force, added: 'The force is committed to tackling all crimes including homophobic hate crime and the stickers, which will be placed in all front counter areas, are a further symbol of our pledge.
North Wales police hoped displaying the rainbow would make the gay, lesbian and transgender community feel safer and less apprehensive about talking to officers. Picture posed by models
'We know that homophobic hate crime is still under reported.
'All police officers within the force are trained to deal with all types of crime, however we also have designated diversity officers to support investigation and victims of such offences. The force also runs a self reporting initiative where victims can contact the police without giving their name and details.'
North Wales police has a history of coming down strongly on those accused of homophobic crimes.
In 2006 they were criticised after hauling one of their own retired police officers through the courts when he called a woman colleague a ‘dyke.’
Former Detective Sergeant John Atkinson, 46, who had repeatedly apologised for the remark, was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing by magistrates and criticised the force for wasting taxpayers’ money.
During the hearing it emerged that Mr Atkinson, who served with North Wales Police for more than 22 years, faced trial even though the force’s then chief constable escaped prosecution for uttering a similar word.
Richard Brunstrom was apparently not charged despite referring to homosexuals as ‘queers’ during a meeting.