The Middle East liaison officer works with people from over 60 countries with very diverse social, cultural and religious backgrounds. Emigration to Alberta from the Middle East has been ongoing for the past 130 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 liaison officer serves by helping new Canadians adjust to the police and law in Canada, while increasing cultural awareness among Calgary Police Service personnel.
Constable Kelly Mergen is the current Middle East community liaison. Cst. Mergen is in his twelfth year with the Calgary Police Service and have been able to incorporate his interests in culture, history, and religion into his work with the Calgary Police Service.
To contact the Middle East community liaison, call 403-428-8150.
The Middle East 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