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  Welcoming Best Practice Guide for Police in Serving the LGBTQ Community

Nov 05, 2013 11:00 ET

Today, the Durham Regional Police Service, in partnership with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s Diversity Committee (OACP), celebrated the release of a best practices guide in order to address the important issues of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.

Deputy Chief Paul Martin, Vice-Chairman of the Committee, attended the launch in Toronto this morning and is proud to help break down barriers in a community that is often the victim of harassment, bullying and discrimination. “This is an excellent way to show our commitment as leaders in policing, to proactively address and be accountable to our LGBTQ citizens,” said Deputy Martin. “We will ensure our membership is fully aware of the best practice guidelines and that we evolve as an organization to continue to address the community’s needs.”

The document was developed and written by Kyle Kirkup, a Trudeau Scholar at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, in partnership with the OACP and with extensive input from the police and the community.

DRP is happy to be a part of this initiative and to better serve the Region of Durham.

For a copy of the document, please visit

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