Happy Pride Week! Since 2017, the VPD has had a full-time officer dedicated to the LGBTQ2S+ community. Cst. Dale Quiring met with us this week to explain a little more about this multi-faceted role.
First and foremost, it’s about building relationships and building bridges with the community – connecting with people on social media, opening police files for investigations or simply providing support to individuals in the aftermath of an incident that has happened to them or even human rights issues that they need support with. He also responds to inquiries from police agencies across the country who are looking to establish a similar program.
One recent example of this is a Transgender individual who reached out to Dale on Instagram. She had found a job earlier this year and was thrilled. She began to transition while in this job, which was not supported by her employer or co-workers and she was fired. Despondent, she was suicidal and turned to Dale for help. He was able to connect her with appropriate resources in the community and she was grateful for support from the Police.
Dale has spearheaded a number of important initiatives to support the LGBTQ2S+ community, as well as individuals. He continues to actively promote Safe Place and in 2018 was awarded VPF funding for the Love Who You Want, Play What You Want program – an initiative to reduce stigma and harassment of LGBTQ2S+ individuals at all levels of sport. As someone passionate about volleyball as a player and a coach, Dale continues to see this as an issue and has found a lot of traction with this program.
This year, Dale is focussed on Love Who You Want, Work Where You Want to again reduce stigma and harassment of LGBTQ2S+ individuals in the workplace and to encourage diverse people to follow their chosen career path. These programs have been strongly supported by the Department, and along with Out On Patrol, offer options for LGBTQ people and allies to express their support and help continue to raise awareness of barriers faced by this community.
It’s easy to understand why Dale has had such success building relationships in this role. He is passionate about his work and the community. As a former Hate Crimes Detective, he empathizes with those facing harassment, abuse and stigma and wants to see it end. We are thrilled to support his efforts and wish everyone a safe, happy and festive Pride!
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