Police chiefs issue guidelines on handling LGBTQ issues
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police have released a set of guidelines to help police officers and police forces better serve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.
The 80-page Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario, released Tuesday, is a "living document" expected to change as the language and relationship between police and the community changes.
OACP president and North Bay Police Chief Paul Cook said the guidelines examine critical areas for improving how police interact with LGBTQ communities.
“Ontario’s police leaders acknowledge that our relationships with our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities have often been marked by discrimination, prejudice, and harassment,” said Cook in a statement.
While the guidelines won't "eradicate homophobia and transphobia within popular culture" the goal of the project is to bring perspectives from police, the community and LGBTQ police personnel together to improve the quality of policing, the document reads.