Community-based, crime prevention work is the foundation of the Committee, which has been meeting regularly since 1991. The Liaison Committee, one of the first of its kind in Canada, consists of community, police and other criminal justice system representatives and is open to anyone who wants to participate. It is co-chaired by community and police representatives.
The Liaison Committee's community-based process is grounded in action-oriented, problem-solving work that addresses needs identified by the community. Outcomes include an increase in reporting of hate-motivated incidents, increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans realities in police service policies, procedures and training; police participation in many community events and, above all, informed and sensitive responses to members of the LGBT communities by an increasing number of officers.
The message is simple. Stereotypes break down when individuals engage in dialogue and come to know and trust one another as caring, committed, respectful and respect-worthy human beings.
Our meetings are usually held at the Ottawa Police Station located at 474 Elgin Street, on the third Monday of each month, beginning at 5:35 p.m. to permit for on-street parking. A typical meeting lasts 2 hours. Meetings are open to the public.
The Liaison Committee keeps detailed Minutes which are available to the public. Visit the GLBT Facebook page for more information!
A range of activities mark Pride Week in August. Liaison Committee members assist in unfurling the Rainbow Flag in the lobby of the main police station, raising the Rainbow Flag at city hall and participating in the Pride Parade.
For more information about the GLBT Liaison Committee and/or their monthly meetings, contact us at (613) 236-1222, ext. 5867, or by email at email@example.com .