Durham Regional Police Service celebrated at the 2014 World Pride parade, hosted by Pride Toronto, by joining the more than 12,000 participants who made their way along the parade route on June 29. The event is held to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
This year, leading the contingent for DRP was our very first float, carrying the DRP Heat Band, who kept the more than one million attendees entertained throughout the route. Our rainbow-decaled cruiser followed behind Chief Paul Martin and the 60+ DRPS members, Region of Durham personnel and Youth In Policing students. Our team handed out candies, pens and rubber bracelets to spectators. Cst. Pam Devine, DRPS Diversity Coordinator, was proud of the turnout from Durham Regional Police and the opportunity to celebrate social tolerance during our seventh appearance at the event.
“Pride is an amazing opportunity to show our support and inclusivity for every member of our community,” said Cst. Devine. “As the theme highlights, it’s about everyone, everywhere, knowing they 'Belong'.”
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.
For this World Pride event, police services across southern Ontario including the Toronto Police Service, Ottawa Police Service, York Regional Police Service, Peel Regional Police Service, RCMP, OPP, Niagara Regional Police and Waterloo Regional Police, showing the policing community’s belief in inclusivity. This is a big change from the first Toronto Pride Parade in 1981, which was largely an anti-police protest. Since then, Toronto Pride has become the largest platform for police services like DRPS to advocate acceptance and understanding in their communities.
Special thanks to Mackie Moving Systems and Tim’s Rental and Party Supplies for their generous donation to make our float possible.
pride thumb (JPG file, 51.5K bytes)
Our dedicated members (JPG file, 439.5K bytes)
DRP pride (JPG file, 502.8K bytes)
The Heat band keeps the crowd entertained (JPG file, 430.5K bytes)
Some of our auxiliary officers (JPG file, 500.3K bytes)
CAO MacLellan and Chief Martin wave to the enthusiastic crowd (JPG file, 360.2K bytes)
Cst. Henderson stops for a quick pic (JPG file, 424.0K bytes)
A/Sgt. Richards gives a young parade attendee a DRP bracelet (JPG file, 538.3K bytes)
The busy parade route (JPG file, 450.8K bytes)
Our Youth In Policing alumni (JPG file, 580.0K bytes)
S/Sgt. Lillie helps spread the message of peace (JPG file, 407.8K bytes)
Along the parade route (JPG file, 450.8K bytes)
Chief Martin hands out pens along the route (JPG file, 362.4K bytes)
Making our way down Yonge St. (JPG file, 472.2K bytes)
Waving our rainbow flags along the route (JPG file, 518.5K bytes)