Hamilton Police put out call for LGBTQ+ community facilitator

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Published April 14, 2022 at 2:57 pm

Hamilton Police put out call for LGBTQ+ community facilitator
The Hamilton Police Service is seeking the public's help in selecting a facilitator to lead future meetings with the LGBTQ+ communities.

The Hamilton Police Service is seeking the public’s help in selecting a facilitator to lead future meetings with the LGBTQ+ communities.

The meetings are a response to a 2020 report commissioned by the police board, which was tasked with investigating the events that took place at Pride 2019 in Hamilton. Far-right protestors crashed the event and it led to violence. Members of the LGBTQ+ communities voiced their displeasure with Hamilton Police and questioned whether more could have been done to keep their communities safer.

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Hamilton Police accepted all 38 recommendations from the report, which included the recommendation for more outreach and communication between police and the LGTBQ+ community through a third-party facilitator.

A survey by McMaster University identified the following criteria for that facilitator:

  • Must be a member of the Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA community
  • Independent
  • Politically neutral
  • Unbiased
  • Should not be affiliated with the Hamilton Police Service
  • Knowledgeable about the issue and challenges faced by Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA Hamiltonians
  • Must understand historical oppression of marginalized groups by police
  • Previous experience working with Two-Spirit and LGBTQIA community organizations and/or with other marginalized communities
  • Understand appropriate language usage
  • Skilled in trauma-informed practices

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are invited to submit names of facilitators based on the criteria until Apr 22, 2022.

Submissions can be made online.

Police say individuals suggested by the community will receive a package with detailed information on the next steps, budget, scope, and timelines.

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