Victoria police officers won't wear uniforms in Pride parade to show support
Victoria Police Chief Const. Del Manak shows off a special patch that officers are wearing during Pride week in the city. July 4, 2019. (CTV Vancouver Island)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 4, 2019 8:18AM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 4, 2019 2:28PM PDT
The Victoria Police Department says it will honour the wishes of the city's pride society by having its officers not walking in uniform at the annual pride parade.
The department says the decision is meant to foster trust and build mutual understanding between officers and members of the LGBTQ community.
It says the pride society's decision to only allow non-uniformed officers to participate in the parade on Sunday came out of an ongoing discussion with the pride society.
The department says it's happy to participate in the event to show its support for members of marginalized communities.