Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Officers Asked Not to Wear Their Uniforms in Ottawa Pride Parade

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Police Officers Asked Not to Wear Their Uniforms in Ottawa Pride Parade

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Cops asked not wear uniforms in Ottawa Pride parade

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Ottawa's police chief says the force acknowledges Capital Pride Ottawa's request that police officers not participate in the city's Pride parade in uniform.

Chief Charles Bordeleau says a decision already had been made not to register an Ottawa Police Service float or vehicle in the Aug. 27 parade.

Bordeleau said in a release Friday that officers will have the choice as to whether they wear their uniform or regular clothes as in past years.

In a Facebook posting earlier Friday, Capital Pride Ottawa asked that participating officers reserve their uniforms for official work duties this year.

It noted that the LGBTQ2 community was split on the issue of whether off-duty uniformed police officers should participate in Capital Pride activities or not. …

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