Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she will be writing to the Commissioner urging him to review SAPOL’s current position.
“South Australian police shouldn’t be forced to keep their uniforms in the closet at this year’s Adelaide Pride Parade,” she said.
“Allowing our state’s police officers to march in uniform this Saturday is the right thing to do and would simply bring South Australia into line with the rest of the country.
“Positive relationships between police and the LGBTI community are essential, and marching in uniform lets our police officers show their pride in their work and their support for the community.”
The Senator’s comments come the same day Commissioner Burns reaffirmed his current position despite the growing pressure.
“No we’re not out of step. I’m well aware that New South Wales and Victoria Police march in the gay pride march – our position is that SAPOL is apolitical,” he told 5AA radio.
“We don’t go in these marches – not the gay pride march but any other of these marches in uniform or on duty and I intend to maintain that position.
“On the other hand Sunday is the Picnic in the Park and we’ve always provided police officers to that so we’ll send about five or six gay and lesbian liaison officers to the park, they’ll be on duty in uniform and they’re doing their job and they’re there for advice and any other police matters that come up.”
A spokesperson for SAPOL told blaze they will not be making further comments on the issue.
This article was originally published by blaze and Gay News Network