Durham Regional Police Service joined thousands at the Pride parade this weekend, hosted by Pride Toronto. The annual event is held to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.
Once again our DRP contingent included our float with the DRP Heat Band keeping the crowd entertained throughout the route. Our new pride cruiser followed, along with our anti-bullying cruiser. DRPS members, volunteers, Region of Durham personnel and Youth In Policing students were in attendance and had a great time despite the rainy conditions.
Cst. Pam Devine, DRPS Diversity Coordinator, was proud of the turnout from Durham Regional Police and the opportunity to celebrate social tolerance during appearance at the event.
DRP also had officers manning a recruiting booth over the weekend to educate those attending the festivities about the opportunities Durham Police has to offer.
The first Toronto Pride Parade in 1981 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.
Thanks to everyone who assisted in helping DRPS represent our service at the parade.
Pride Parade group shot (JPG file, 486.2K bytes)