#PrideInTheCLE on a perfect Saturday in downtown #Cleveland

Solid morning setup with all the public safety pros in Cleveland for Pride Parade today #PrideInTheCLE


Even Charlie Pop is up and taking a look at a few things from above too.


Planned out a few things with one of my favorite PIOs… Cleveland Police Sgt Jennifer Ciaccia!


It’s worth a note that this is the first time the CPD Honor Guard was able to participate and lead the parade.


Everyone should be proud of a city that supports diversity from so many different communities.

Had a chance to see the Cleveland Police Bike Unit out along the parade route.


Adorned with festive flags, Cleveland Police bike unit is there to support the community.

Glad to see law enforcement leadership out amongst the community too. Here’s Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and members of the bike unit posing for pictures. 


Additionally, we caught the mounted unit getting into the party too. Apparently, Red Bull gives you wings. Pegasus!


Police ūüĎģ recruitment table was setup and answering lots of questions from the general public on the upcoming entrance requirements.


Also had a chance to do some interviews with CPD Explosive Detection K9 Benny!


Seriously, we have worked numerous events with them – great team!


Thousands marched along the parade route and then at the entrance to Cleveland Public Square…


…and thousands more met them at downtown public square.


Fun day for everyone downtown!

Special thanks to the field PIO reporting team of Jen and Kevin at #PrideInTheCLE.


Our second year doing field PIO stuff from the parade route.

Reporting live from downtown Cleveland Public Square…

@rusnivek

PIO-ing Cleveland’s Public Square during #PrideInTheCLE #ClevelandPride

Yesterday, I supported Cleveland Police on the #PrideInTheCLE #ClevelandPride event in Public Square.

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Much different from the Republican National Convention.

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Lots of families out and about (and enjoying) the new cool fountain in downtown Cleveland.

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Everyone was having a great time.

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Lots of speculation and talk about public safety not being around to support the LGBT community Рall totally false. Public Safety will be there to support any community.

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Trust me, lots of public safety was on hand to support our entire community.

Cleveland Police Bomb Squad and K9 teams…

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Cleveland EMS…

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..even the Cleveland Police bike patrol was¬†out supporting the day’s events.

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Lots of areas to cover.

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Partnerships with the¬†Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department and Cleveland Police¬†Department are key in providing safety for everyone who attended the event.

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It was a relatively hot day so I am glad that many of the participants dressed appropriately for the event.

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Some not so much.

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Fun entertainment and friendly people staying cool out in Public Square.

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While waiting around, we had some time for a quick PIO selfie…

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Also had time for a few interviews with local media.

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Also happy to run into a long time good friend Mark Zinni who is the anchor for the Channel 3 Eyewitness News in Hartford, Connecticut. Great to see him again.

Thanks for the picture Zinni!

Thanks for the picture Zinni!

Can’t wait to see him again in Cleveland.

While out there, we even made a few new peeps into Junior Police Officers.

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Thanks Ken!

We were fortunate enough to do a few live interviews on Periscope from Public Square.

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We highlighted the event and gave a status report of the operations using Periscope.

Ever wonder what it’s like to hang with onscene PIOs?¬†Here’s a behind the scenes shot of us doing some¬†live interviews on Periscope.

Thanks for the pic Zinni!

Thanks for the action shot Zinni!

Trust me, it’s harder than it looks.

Overall, it was great to see so many people out on a Saturday afternoon in Cleveland.

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As always, I had a great time working the PIO magic with Jen!

IMG_7650We make a pretty good team huh?

Hope everyone stayed dry while the rain hit.

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Great safe event everyone!

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Have a great weekend!

@rusnivek