Hamilton police appoint first Indigenous liaison officer

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Published April 21, 2023 at 2:48 pm

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Constable Stacey Hill is Hamilton Police Service’s first Indigenous Liaison Officer. Hamilton Police Service photo

Hamilton Police Service have appointed its first ever Indigenous Liaison Officer.

Hamilton Police Constable Stacey Hill has been appointed in the new position, Hamilton Police said in a press release today (April 21).

The position will play an important role in bridging the relationship between policing and Indigenous communities, police said.

Hill is in her 26th year of policing and grew up on the New Credit Reserve but has both Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee blood.

In addition to connecting police and Indigenous communities, she will also work closely with Hamilton’s newly formed Indigenous Consultation Circle to assist Indigenous people navigate interactions with police.

“This position has been a long time coming,” said Hill. “Throughout my career, I did much of this work off the side of my desk, so I am happy to see a formalized position finally come to fruition. This role is needed and I am excited to be able to take it on.”

The position comes in the wake of an assault on an Indigenous man during an arrest last May. Videos of the arrest led Hamilton police to suspend Hamilton Police Const. Brian Wren. Wren pled guilty to the charges in February.

Hamilton Police Service said Indigenous community members and leaders in Hamilton have been advocating for an Indigenous Liaison Officer for over 20 years.

“We would like to thank the Indigenous community for their willingness to work with us and guide us,” said Chief Frank Bergen. “We are well served with Constable Stacey Hill in this role for our organization. We look forward to embarking on this journey together.”

Members of the Hamilton Urban Indigenous Community held a traditional Welcoming Ceremony for Constable Hill at Pier 4 Park earlier today (April 21).

The event included Indigenous leaders from across Hamilton as well as Hamilton Police Service members.

This is the second liaison position created within Hamilton Police Service.

Sergeant Rebecca Moran was appointed as the first 2S&LGBTQIA Liaison officer in February 2020. The liaison positions play a vital role in strengthening relationships with marginalized communities, police said.

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