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Persons with disabilities

A disability is any limitation that significantly affects a person’s mobility, agility, sight, hearing, verbal communication or intellectual functioning. It also includes limitations arising from psychological, emotional or mental health issues..

This can affect any Calgarian of any age, gender, and ethnicity. In some cases their disability may make them vulnerable to victimization and they may have a vested interest in seeing specific concerns addressed.

Constable Patty Desormeau is the current Persons with Disabilities community liaison. Cst. Desormeau has been a member of the Calgary Police Service for 6 years and has been working with the Diversity Resources Team since 2010.

Contact the Persons with Disabilities community liaison at 403-428-8150.

Community involvement

The Persons with Disabilities liaison officer builds relationships between police, persons with disabilities, and organizations that provide service to persons with disabilities. The liaison officer serves as a resource on cases that involve persons with disabilities, and works with the Persons with Disabilities Police Advisory Committee to:

  • promote effective two-way communication with the community
  • promote education and awareness of issues related to disabilities
  • identify and resolve crime and safety concerns
  • increase police awareness of community issues related to disabilities

Currently the liaison is the chair of the Chief Advisory Board that consists of multiple service agencies within the disabilities community. This board provides two way communication and education/awareness for the police service along with the service agencies. The liaison also attends as many community events as possible and presents on personal safety for person’s with disabilities throughout the community.

Opportunities for persons with disabilities

The Calgary Police Service offers the same opportunities for persons with a disability as any other applicant. If the individual passes the standard then there is no concerns with employment.

Vulnerable Person Self-Registry

The Calgary Police Service has created a database where people can register if they have a physical, mental or medical condition that means they may require special attention in an emergency. Continue to the Vulnerable Person Self-Registry webpage.