In 2015, a police department in Sussex, England, decided to paint one of their squad cars for Pride.
<p>While most in the community supported the gesture, department spokesperson Jenni Nuttall told Upworthy there was, "some criticism on social media."</p><p>Several residents took issue with the cost of the paint job, which totaled about $295 (225 pounds).<br></p><p>One commenter on Twitter said that the project raised the question of, "where the police's priorities lie," <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-36865968" target="_blank">according to a BBC report</a>.</p><h2>This year, the department decided to make it clear exactly where their priorities lie. </h2><p>"I wanted to send a message that we wholeheartedly reject the views of those who appear to be critical because it's an LGBT event," Department Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp <a href="https://twitter.com/sussex_police/status/755734005199278080" target="_blank">wrote on Twitter</a>.</p><p><strong>"So, I looked around for the biggest vehicle I have."</strong></p><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ5OTcyMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxMjIyODMyNn0.B45CL_Zw4X4nit2BEAWnl8DxVR1DDzD6ta4PnyvSfSo/img.jpg?width=980" id="5bf06" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="52a2ba10caa3734b1b6050bd94d6788d" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><p class="image-caption">Photo by <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sussexpoliceforce/photos/a.515867181792177.1073741831.506853646026864/1123425334369689/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Sussex Police/Facebook</a>, used with permission.</p><h2>The department spent about $550 (420 pounds) to have the van, the largest vehicle in their fleet, decked out for Brighton and Hove's annual Pride gathering, one of the largest events in the city.</h2><p><img class="tweet-placeholder" data-content="This year we have gone bigger to show our #lgbt support with our #police van for @PrideBrighton pic.twitter.com/6zxEk9SqtE— Nev Kemp (@ChSuptNevKemp) July 14, 2016" data-tweet="https://twitter.com/ChSuptNevKemp/status/753678953748062208" src="/assets/tweet-placeholder.png"><br></p><p>According to Kemp, painting the van was an attempt to, "stand against discrimination in an even bigger way than before."</p><h2>The van made its debut at the city's Trans Pride festival last weekend. </h2><p>In addition to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/sussexpoliceforce/photos/a.515867181792177.1073741831.506853646026864/1124058087639747/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">starring in some photos</a> with their new be-rainbowed vehicle, members of the department handed out literature on combatting transphobia, as well as resources for victims of anti-trans violence.</p><p><img class="tweet-placeholder" data-content="Do you know what you can do about transphobia? #TransPrideBrighton #equality @sussex_police @PoliceLGBT pic.twitter.com/LJXXbOQDn3— The Diversity Team (@SusPolDiversity) July 23, 2016" data-tweet="https://twitter.com/SusPolDiversity/status/756820252827213824" src="/assets/tweet-placeholder.png">.</p><h2>A few folks popped up on the department's Facebook page to gripe about the cost of the paint job.</h2><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ5OTcyNC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYxNTkwMTI4OX0.ouUps3V5wcmLMo00xbjkEXEGTDdYDpWEUDuS-xV7aCE/img.jpg?width=980" id="85671" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="413eb96b6cbcfb96771916a21f50a502" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><br></p><p class="image-caption">Photo via Sussex Police/Facebook.</p><h2>But the vast majority of commenters were thrilled at how their tax dollars were being used:</h2><p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTQ5OTcyNi9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0NzczODYxNH0.QBplE-wKBZF7heFut0IzbwBvJhwBjIcYBZy2DRzUrPw/img.jpg?width=980" id="f91ab" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="070697dcd4c84ea8c6895ecddc14a0cd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"></p><p class="image-caption">Photo via Sussex Police/Facebook.</p><h2>The department hopes that Chief Superintendent Kemp's message comes through loud and clear. </h2><p>"By taking part in the parade we hope to show that we are a supportive and open-minded organization who the people of Sussex can trust and have confidence [in]," Nuttall said.</p>
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