Sussex Police Won’t Let Criticism Rain On Their Brighton Parade

Hats off to the Sussex police who copped some flak last year when they gave a patrol car a colourful makeover for the Brighton Pride parade.

Not in the least bit fazed by the criticism, this year they have gone bigger and better by painting a van in rainbow colours.


Two decorated motorcycles will also take part in the parade.

Last year, a row broke out on social media after the police unveiled rainbow-painted police cars (pictured, below), with some people questioning where their priorities lay.

This year I decided to emblazon a van in pride colours because I wanted to send a message that we wholeheartedly reject the view of those who appear to be critical because it is an LGBT event,” Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp tweeted.

I looked around for the biggest vehicle I have to demonstrate to and show our support for the LGBT community.”

Pride Police Car

The response this time around has been mixed.

I think this a lovely idea and you should be congratulated for it. Well done,” Stuart Cooper wrote on Facebook.

However, Den Capo posted: “Police car should be police car! Not a Christmas tree, in my opinion. Be serious.”

To which the police replied: “No baubles or tinsel here Den! We as a Force play a large role in the policing of Pride which is one of the biggest events that takes place in Brighton and Hove each year.

It’s a great opportunity to engage with local and LGBT communities to build relationships and trust which in turn encourages reporting.”

Pride Police Van