Durham Regional Police Service celebrated their PRIDE at the annual Toronto Pride Parade to show its continual support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
Leading the contingent was DRP’s rainbow-decaled cruiser and Chief Mike Ewles was joined by DRPS members, Region of Durham personnel and Youth In Policing staff along the parade route, handing out candies, pens and key chains 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 1.3 million attendees.
“Pride is always one of my favourite community events,” said Cst. Richards. “It’s always such a positive, upbeat atmosphere and it’s a great opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ community.”
DRP also had officers manning a recruiting booth on Saturday and Sunday to educate those attending the festivities about the opportunities Durham has to offer.
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, 46.2K bytes)
Chief Ewles and Cst. Richards hand out pens to the eager crowd (JPG file, 477.8K bytes)
Our specially decalled cruiser leads the way (JPG file, 406.4K bytes)
DRP gets support along the way (JPG file, 517.9K bytes)
A young Pride supporter (JPG file, 384.2K bytes)
Our DRP contingent (JPG file, 578.8K bytes)
Making our way down Yonge St. (JPG file, 464.7K bytes)
DRP Cst. Edgar and his husband John wave to the crowd (JPG file, 435.9K bytes)