For the fourth straight year, the Durham Regional Police Service participated in the Toronto Pride Parade to show our continual support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community. Chief Mike Ewles walked with more than 40 DRPS members and volunteers in the parade through Toronto’s Church & Wellesley area.
Leading the contingent was DRP’s rainbow-decaled cruiser driven by Cst. C. Ryan Edgar. Chief Ewles was joined by several DRPS Executive Officers, Region of Durham personnel and Youth In Policing staff along the parade route, handing out candies and wristbands to spectators. Cst. Keith Richards, DRPS Diversity Coordinator, was proud of the turnout from Durham Regional Police and the opportunity to celebrate social tolerance with the parade’s more than 1.2 million participants.
“Pride is a great opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ community,” said Cst. Richards. “It shows support to our membership and to the community we serve.”
The Durham Regional Police was joined by several police services across southern Ontario including the Toronto Police Service, RCMP, OPP, Niagara Regional Police and Waterloo Regional Police. While Toronto’s first Pride Parade in 1981 was largely an anti-police protest, Toronto Pride has since become the largest platform for police services like DRPS to advocate acceptance and understanding in their communities.
pride thumb (JPG file, 43.5K bytes)
The DRPS Pride contingent (JPG file, 427.4K bytes)
Chief Ewles shows off our rainbow-decaled cruiser to Citytv (JPG file, 401.2K bytes)
DRP members and volunteers parade down Yonge Street (JPG file, 357.4K bytes)
Cst. Edgar waves to the crowd from the cruiser (JPG file, 354.8K bytes)