Emigration to Alberta from the Middle East has been ongoing for over 100 years, and as such the Middle Eastern communities are strong and vibrant. English is a second language for many. To help meet the specific needs of Middle Eastern communities, the Calgary Police Service helps new Canadians adjust to the police and law in Canada.
The Calgary Police Service Middle East community liaison officer works with people from over 60 countries with very diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds. The liaison officer provides a vital link between police and Middle Eastern communities by building an open means of communication and demonstrating that the Calgary Police Service serves all Calgarians. The liaison officer also meets with various community agencies and representatives, immigrant serving agencies, as well as individual members of the community. In addition, they attend cultural events and celebrations. Several Middle Eastern religions and cultures follow the lunar calendar and therefore many celebrations do not occur at the same time every year, but rather move ahead each year.
Involvement, includes, but is not limited to:
- The Calgary Jewish Federation
- The Muslim Council of Calgary
- The Diversity Cup Soccer Tournament
- The Wellness Empowerment Program
- The Calgary Islamic School
- The Muslim Association of Calgary
- The Muslim Community Foundation of Calgary
- The Islamic Centre of South Calgary
- Muslim Association of Canada
- The Educational Muslim Achievements Award Night
- The Iranian Cultural Society
To contact the Calgary Police Service Middle East community liaison, call 403-428-8150.