Gay, bisexual guards for Queen's security soon

Gay, bisexual guards for Queen's security soon

The recruitment notice by the Scotland Yard says it is looking for armed officers from all backgrounds to deliver “residential protection” through a combination of fixed posts and mobile patrols.

“Successful officers can expect to work at London palaces or Windsor Castle, and officers are required to ­perform tours of duty in Scotland.

“Applications are particularly ­welcomed from women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and black and minority ethnic communities/people as these are under-represented within SO14 (Royalty Protection Branch). Selection will be based solely upon merit,” the advertisement reads.

Successful candidates will have to be “currently or previously firearms trained” and will be expected to work 12-hour shifts.

SO14 believes there will be about 30 vacancies by the closing date for applications next month, the ‘Daily Express’ reported.

Scotland Yard said: “We want to recruit the best people from London’s many different communities. This includes ensuring that this diversity is reflected across the Metropolitan Police in units where particular groups are under-represented.”

But, Philip Davies, Tory MP for Shipley, West Yorks, said: “I don’t know whether the Royal Family are going to feel that much safer knowing there’s transgender outside protecting them. This is absolutely ludicrous.”