Partnership with the Gender & Sexual Diverse Community
The Regina Police Service continues to work with the Gender & Sexual Diverse Community to improve our partnership and trusting relations. Discrimination against these folks still exists even though they are our family members, co-workers, teachers and police officers.
Members of the Gender and Sexual Diverse Community face higher rates of hate-motivated crimes which are violent and are under-reported. The Regina Police Service is committed to working with the Gender and Sexual Diverse Community to address this and develop ways to encourage the community to report these crimes.
Efforts for an inclusive environment at the Service continue. Recently, in consultation with community partners, the Service updated policy and changed internal forms to have a self-identify gender space. These forms include:
- Citizens’ Police Academy Application;
- Door to Door Inquiry Form;
- Human Resources Voluntary Declaration;
- PACT Contact Reporting Form; and more.
The Service has also changed some signage in their headquarters building with plans for the new building to also be inclusive.
Education is a key component to improve relations. The Regina Police Service has conducted Gender and Sexual Diverse Community awareness and sensitivity training for members with plans for more education in the fall of 2019 and during annual training in 2020.
Plans to create a working group with partnering Gender and Sexual Diverse organizations is in development. The working group would include Regina Police Service members and 1-2 people from each organization. The goal is to create an action plan on what the Service and the Gender and Sexual Diverse community can do to improve relations and services.