“As President of the Police Association of NSW, I represent over 20,000 currently serving and retired NSW Police Officers. Police Officers who serve this state day in and day out, who protect various communities in a vast and diverse population. My membership is inclusive of many members of the LGBTQIA+ community and thousands of allies.”

“Make no mistake, every single member of the law enforcement community in this state is appalled by the domestic violence-related murder of two young men and the allegations that have been leveled this week and are now before the court. PANSW members from specialist commands are working around the clock to assist in bringing closure to the families of Jesse and Luke.”

“To say I am disappointed to hear today that there is consideration by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras committee to uninvite the NSW Police marching contingent from this weekend’s event is an understatement.”

“For over 20 years, NSW Police have marched and been part of the inclusive nature of the event. Police participants have ranked from Commissioner to Constable, including a former senior executive member of this organization who has marched numerous times. The symbolism of the march shows that the NSW Police are there for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.”

“It is disappointing that the alleged actions of one individual could potentially impact what has been 20 years of relationship progression. Thousands of police officers work, day in and day out, to keep all communities safe from the scourge of domestic violence.”
“On Saturday night, our members will be building on those relationships as they keep the 2024 event safe for all participants and supporters with crowd control, road closures and traffic management.”

“The PANSW have outlined our concerns around this matter at the highest levels, and as a result, I hope to see the marching contingent take their place on Saturday night.”

PANSW President Kevin Morton