Hamilton police reveal first-ever LGBTQ2 liasion officer
|globalnews.ca 14 Feb 2020 at 11:06|
Hamilton police have a new intermediary between the service and the LGBTQ2 community.
Police have appointed their first liaison officer to work with Hamilton’s LGBTQ2 community in the hopes of strengthening their relationship with that community.
Det. Const. Rebecca Moran, an out member of the community, will act as a “conduit” for community concerns, Deputy Chief Ryan Diodati said in a statement.
“Hamilton Police are committed to strengthening our relationship with the 2S and LGBTQIA+ community and taking the necessary steps in rebuilding trust. Working in collaboration with the Community Relations Coordinator, we believe our new liaison officer will help us better serve Hamilton’s 2S and LGBTQIA+ citizens,” said Diodati.
In a release on Friday, Hamilton police said Moran will initiate outreach to advise the LGBTQ2 community on reporting crime and provide a safe space for individuals to come forward to address concerns.
Moran is also expected to educate and assist with residents, businesses and organizations about issues facing the community.
“My hope is this new liaison position will start to build bridges between the 2S and LGBTQIA+ community and our service. Knowing there is someone in the service they can reach out to that understands their lived experience, could help victims of crime feel more comfortable coming forward to police,” says Moran.
The new position was revealed in November at a meeting with the LGBTQ2 community as Hamilton police proposed an advisory group.
Tensions between Hamilton police and the community became strained in June 2019 when officers arrested five people in connection with a fight at the Pride festival in Gage Park.
The incident was the catalyst for a number of demonstrations in the city months later, including a march on Mayor Fred Eisenberger’s home in late June in which he claimed “agitators” yelled profanities and left signs on his lawn.