The North Bay Police Service is wishing everyone celebrating a happy and safe Pride 2023.
Events kicked off Wednesday morning with a flag raising at city hall.
“As police, we know that many members of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community do not feel comfortable or safe interacting with law enforcement. We recognize the systemic and historical reasons for this distrust,” reads a release. “It is our job as members of law enforcement to treat every individual who we serve with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings. We commit to doing this and to doing our part in rebuilding this trust so that everyone in our community, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion, creed, or ability, feels that they can turn to the North Bay Police Service when they need help.”
Citing a number of incidents over the years, both in the community and online, the city police service says it will always stand against hate and protect the safety of everyone.
Police officials also say they continue to build strong relationships with community organizations including North Bay PRIDE, Outloud North Bay, and the North Bay AIDS Committee.
Anyone who has been a target of a hate-motivated incident or any other crime, can report it to the North Bay Police Service by calling 705-497-5555 and pressing 9 to speak with an officer. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.