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Sexuality and gender diversity

The sexuality and gender diversity community liaison is to works through direct partnership with the LGBT community to promote two-way communication, reduce stereotypical negative images, promote education and awareness, identify and resolve crime concerns and increase police awareness of community issues.

Constable Andy Buck has been with the Diversity Resource Team since June 2012, having joined the Calgary Police Service in 2009. Prior to that he served as a police officer for 16 years in the UK with Greater Manchester Police.

You can contact the sexuality and gender diversity community liaison at 403-428-8154.

Community involvement

A Sexuality and Gender Diversity Chief’s Advisory Board is in place, a stakeholder driven liaison between the CPS and the LGBT community and its allies. Through communication, collaboration and capacity building it is committed to encourage and support safe and inclusive communities, nurture a positive image, and foster trust, respect and integrity.

Cst. Buck is the chair of the Sexuality and Gender Chief’s Advisory Board (as above), whose purpose is to act as a liaison between the CPS and the LGBT community in Calgary, to increase police awareness specific to community based issues, and to recommend and review strategies and initiatives related to crime prevention and safety concerns.

The sexuality and gender diversity community liaison and Chief’s Advisory Board members attend many community events throughout the year to show support and to develop and improve relationships within the community.

The Calgary Police Service is proud to have a good working relationship with all agencies relevant to the LGBT community, including:

Sexual orientation or gender identity are not barriers to a police career.

Same-sex domestic violence

According to the Domestic Violence Handbook for Police and Crown Prosecutors in Alberta, there is no difference in definition between same sex domestic violence, and opposite sex domestic violence. It is defined as:

"any use of physical or sexual force, actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. It may include a single act of violence, or a number of acts forming a pattern of abuse through the use of assaultive and controlling behaviour. The violence is used to intimidate, humiliate or frighten a partner of an intimate relationship, or to make them powerless."

Some 25 to 35 percent of same sex domestic incidents are unreported to police for various reasons, the most common being fear of victimization by the police, fear of victimization from the courts, fear of compromised privacy (being "outed"), and fear of additional victimization from the offender.

Are you a victims of same sex domestic abuse?

Contact the Domestic Conflict Unit at 403-428-8339.