The community liaison between members from the African communities in Calgary and the Calgary Police Service aims to facilitate open communications on matters of mutual concern including police interventions, incidents of miscommunication, and request for police assistance and participation during social, cultural and political events. The liaison works to build trust by encouraging personal contact and dialogue with people from the diverse communities of Africa.
African community concerns
The Calgary Police Service values the partnership with the cities diverse communities. The African community in Calgary consists of Immigrants and Refugees, many of who still have family connections to the countries from which they left from. These individuals and their communities represent a vibrant dimension of Calgary’s multicultural make-up, with the vast majority having formed formal associations in Calgary. The African community liaison and other representatives from the Calgary Police endeavor to network with those formal associations by attending their yearly festivals and Galas.
The African liaison officer participates in the African Advisory Board. The board was established in 2012 to enhance the communication and relationship between the African community and the Calgary Police Service.
Several high profile incidents over the past several years within the City and the Province of Alberta have highlighted the growing concerns and issues within these African communities. Through the collaborative efforts of all levels of government, Social and Police agencies, steps have been taken to work with these communities in an effort to minimize the issues. In addition, Calgary Police Recruiting has hired visible minorities that have changed the face of the Calgary Police Service and also changed the viewpoint by Ethno Cultural groups, such as the African Community, that policing can be a career choice.
In Calgary CPS has participated with:
- Somali Community Assessment Report
- Sudanese Assessment Report
- 12 CSI Diversity Committee
- 2012 First African Expo and Job Fair
- 2012 first Somali Youth International Basketball Tournament
Constable Jeff Munday is the current liaison with the African community. Cst. Mundy has 30 years’ experience with the Calgary Police Service. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work out of several Districts; 1, 2, 3 and 4 covering most of the City, and he also spent six years in the Traffic Investigation Unit. During his work in District 3 and 4, he was a Community Liaison Officer and gained valuable experience with community concerns and safety issues. He also gained valuable knowledge on problem solving with resources within the Calgary Police Service and outside agencies. This aided his success at developing long term solutions to individual and community concerns.
Email Constable Munday at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact by phone at or 403-428-8161