North Wales police are to display rainbow flag stickers in stations to encourage gay people to report homophobic crime.

Diversity leaders at the force believe the stickers will reassure gay people that they will be treated sensitively and respectfully.

According to the Daily Mail, Greg George, head of diversity development at the force, said: “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.

“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.”

In 2009, Grampian Police, one of the country’s largest police forces, said it would display the rainbow flag in all of its offices to support gay rights.

PC Derek Allison, Aberdeenshire division diversity officer, said: “It is a great way of advertising the Grampian Police commitment and understanding of equality and diversity.”