Durham Regional Police Service joined thousands at the Pride parade today, hosted by Pride Toronto. In its 36th year, this annual event is held to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and 2-Spirited (LGBTQ2) community.
The DRPS contingent included officers from every Division and a variety of Units, as well as civilian members, volunteers and Youth in Policing students. The Pride and Anti-bullying cruisers were on hand and the float featured the DRP Heat Band whose high energy entertained the revelers along the parade route. 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. This year, the parade marks the end of Pride month--the first celebration of its kind in Toronto
Thanks to everyone who assisted in helping DRPS represent our service at the parade.
Showing Our Pride (JPG file, 571.6K bytes)