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.”
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.”