It takes pride in its reputation as one of the most gay-friendly employers in the country.
But the Kent Police force has been accused of going too far after inviting children under the age of 14 to write about their feelings on homosexuality and transsexuality as part of a competition.
The force is offering a Â£25 prize to the child who submits the best 200-word essay on the subject.
Its website says: ‘Join us to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month.’
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Children are told the essay title must be ‘All Different, Same Respect’ – the slogan for a series of events being organised by the force to mark LGBT history month.
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There is also a dinner dance with a gay or transsexual ‘artiste’, a gay quiz night and a seminar dubbed ‘From Outcast To Out’.
But it is the essay-writing competition that has provoked the ire of campaigners, who accuse the force of demonstrating a blind obsession with the politically-correct agenda.