Service Pride on Display

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 12:47 p.m. June 30, 2014
Updated: 2:51 p.m. June 30, 2014

For the first time, the Service was represented with a float in this year’s Pride celebrations which took on an international flavour with the city hosting World Pride for the first time ever.

TPS Officers getting splashed with water from the crowd at the 2014 World Pride Parade.
TPS Officers having fun with the crowd

Massive crowds lined the streets to watch revellers from the gay and lesbian community celebrate their uniqueness.

“I am just happy to be able to work for an organization that’s supportive of the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer community,” said Court Officer Josh Wilson. “It’s also great to have the world come to Toronto to celebrate with us. This is a great time and we are all excited.”

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The parade capped off 10 days of events that included the first LBGTQ law enforcement and criminal justice conference held at The Sheraton Centre hotel.

Toronto Police hosted the conference.

“The conference was highly successful and then to have a float in the parade for the first time was very significant,” said the Service’s LBGTQ liaison officer Constable Danielle Bottineau. “We are excited to be given an opportunity to express who we are. It should be like that everyday.”

TPS Officer engaging with the crowd at the 2014 World Pride Parade.
TPS Officer engaging the crowd
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