New Pride Flag shows Diversity of RCMP and Support of LGBTQ2S+ Community

North Cowichan\Duncan, This Is Who We Are

2020-10-21 08:39 PDT

Starting on October 15, North Cowichan Duncan RCMP has displayed a new Pride flag logo outside of the building to demonstrate the RCMP’s commitment to diversity amongst employees and the public as part of Project Rainbow.

The Pride flag is already an accepted symbol by the LGBTQ2S+ community, and used to designate safe spaces for people of all identities. The flag on RCMP detachments has a dual meaning, signifying the RCMP’s commitment to ensuring that individuals from all communities are welcome and showing employees that we have a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Cst. Dayne Lyons is a proud LGBTQ2S+ police officer and has worked with the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP for over two years. He feels that diversity among front-line police officers makes a police force stronger, and wants to be a role model to other people who might consider working in law enforcement someday.

It is with great pleasure that I am able to represent the LGBTQ2S+ community within my role of policing, says Cst. Lyons. I hope that LGBTQ2S+ children or young adults can see themselves as a police officer one day too.

RCMP officer wearing a Pride pin in front of a police vehicle

The RCMP’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity is shown by new Pride flags at RCMP detachments across BC. View larger image.

The RCMP is as inclusive and diverse as the communities it serves across Canada. Although the relationship between police and the LGBTQ2S+ community has at times been strained, the new Pride flags will be posted at RCMP detachments across British Columbia and show that the RCMP has evolved and wants to highlight inclusivity. Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Stachan, Commanding Officer of BC RCMP, supports the project and the diversity of RCMP membership.

It’s a time when we need to be more overtly responsive to our community and to Canadians, says D/Commr. Strachan. This visually demonstrates who we are.

We can be approached without judgement.
You can feel safe speaking to us.
This is a show of support for diversity and inclusion.
We seek to create a positive and safe space for everyone.
We embrace the diversity of the population.
We are Canada’s national police: serving with pride.

More information about Project Rainbow is available here.

Released by

Cst. Carlie McCann

Media Relations Officer
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP
6060 Canada Ave., Duncan, BC V9L 1V3
Office: 250-748-5522
Fax: 250-746-2126

Email: NCD-Media@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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