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450

The number of police, criminal justice professionals and civilians that have received our LGBTQ101 training on 

our own time

3000

A low estimate of the  recruits at the Ontario Police College that have received our 2SLGBTQ+ community awareness sessions.

$6,000

The amount of money we've donated to community partners who share our vision of equity and inclusion for all.

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MEDIA RELEASE

Independent Civilian Review Provides New Public-Police Relationship Framework

Initiated after Bruce McArthur case.

 

Report outlines how police can build relationships with all marginalized communities.

 

(Monday, May 17, 2021, Bolton, Ontario) – On April 9, 2021, the Honourable Gloria J. Epstein submitted her report of the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations, Missing and Missed. We want to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Judge Epstein and her entire team for the comprehensive review, analysis, and 151 recommendations.

We would also like to acknowledge that Toronto Police Service (TPS) has committed to implementing all the recommendations and, as the report points out, has already made some positive changes. We applaud the commitment by TPS and the Toronto Police Association, and we strongly encourage them to include 2SLGBTQ+ and marginalized TPS employees, in addition to civilians, as members of all consultative or implementation committees that have or will be formed. It is imperative that they have a substantial voice and influence in all decisions.

“Serving with Pride (SWP) is acutely concerned, as well not surprised, with the findings related to the policies and practices that were exposed as discriminatory and the divested care by TPS of the 2SLGBTQ+ and other vulnerable communities and individuals, including police personnel, that was found to be prevalent,” says Jean Turner, spokesperson for SWP. “We are confident that the same systemic discrimination against the 2SLGBTQ+ and other marginalized and vulnerable groups, would be uncovered at any given police service across this country if there were to be the same thorough review.”

While the report is focused on Missing Person cases in Toronto, we encourage all Canadian police services to review their own policies and practices for such cases and make the necessary changes required to prevent the same disservice and disgrace that occurred here.

Missing and Missed is a gift that provides every police service with many realistic recommendations they can deploy to rebuild their relationship with those communities that do not trust police or do not feel protected by policing services.  SWP strongly encourages all Canadian services and associations to read all four volumes of the report to learn, and most importantly, to make real change for equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Media Enquires:

Jean Turner

Strategic Planning & Communications

Serving with Pride

jturner@servingwithpride.ca

More information:

Serving with Pride is a not-for-profit organization that provides affirmation and support for diverse 2SLGBTQ+ police, law enforcement, Corrections and criminal justice personnel, as well as training and education to police services and law enforcement across Ontario.

We are committed to working the with 2SLGBTQ+ and other community groups and individuals who are seeking positive change within policing towards 2SLGBTQ+ and other marginalized or vulnerable people.