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OPP supports LGBTQ communities

Sunday, November 24, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

OPP NEWS RELEASE

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OPP supports LGBTQ communities

ORILLIA - The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) recently released a ground-breaking document that aims to strengthen police relationships with people in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.

As a member of the OACP, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was instrumental in the development of the new document entitled Best Practices in Policing and LGBTQ Communities in Ontario

OPP members involved in the working group say this document will assist police services to actively deal with issues related to police and members of LGBTQ communities.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) fully supports this document and is committed to fostering positive relationships with the LGBTQ communities and members.

“Any tools that can equip our members to respect and accommodate the rights of all people is a good one. The OPP remains committed to developing and maintaining good relationships with the citizens of Ontario, and that includes our LGBTQ communities.” - OPP Commissioner Chris Lewis

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KDawg 11/24/2013 4:52:53 PM Report

Why the hell is this an issue for the OPP?
cdn.chick 11/24/2013 4:55:08 PM Report

KDawg... where would they put a transgendered individual when and if they ever got arrested? That's why. They need policies to deal with special circumstance cases. Get over yourself.
Tom_Bom 11/24/2013 4:56:03 PM Report

Good on them man, good on them. A big step I believe that signifys societys acceptance of our alternative lifestyle friends.
KDawg 11/24/2013 5:14:42 PM Report

"KDawg... where would they put a transgendered individual when and if they ever got arrested? That's why. They need policies to deal with special circumstance cases. Get over yourself."

Seriously? If someone gets arrested for a crime, they go to jail, then eventually court.

We have men's jail cells for those who have dicks and women's jail cells for those who do not.

cdn.chick, I'll get over myself when you can explain why this is not good enough, and if it's not good enough, how it wouldn't be yet another burden to Ontario taxpayers.
ThinkAgain 11/24/2013 5:22:11 PM Report

They still use Labels - thought that was in the past.
cdn.chick 11/24/2013 5:34:21 PM Report

KDawg, there it is, bitching about the all mighty tax dollar. That's your complaint? Next time instead, think about a better world for everyone in regards to treatment, respect and equality. Look up the word transgendered if you don't understand the meaning.
Wisenheimer 11/24/2013 5:46:00 PM Report

Or how about this ... if you don't want a police dog to rip out your throat, don't steal other people's stuff under cover of the night. If you are overly concerned about the plumbing of your jail mates, stay the hell out of jail.
DigitalDude 11/24/2013 5:47:44 PM Report

They want acceptance, yet special rules are needed? As KDawg said there are jails for males, jails for females - it's simple. What's the problem!
riverman 11/24/2013 6:26:44 PM Report

From some of the posts on here, I would say at least part of the problem is ignorance and/or intolerance.

The OPP deals with ALL citizens of Ontario. Drafting "best practices" policies is standard for government organizations like the police, and also in the education and health care sectors. The LGBTQ2S community here in the Sault may not be as large or as visible as in other centres in the province, but that is not to say that a province-wide policy in regard to supporting those communities is unnecessary.

I think the article is quite clear in explaining that the OPP wants to ensure they have policies in place to assist the LGBT tax paying citizens who are deserving of the same consideration as any other group of people (i.e visible and non-visible minorities) who may or may not be victims of discrimination, bigotry, or even hatred.

And then, as a previous poster has recognized, there is the consideration of how best to deal with and keep safe from harm, say, a transvestite offender (physically male but dresses like a woman but not necessarily homosexual) or perhaps someone like a pre-operative prostitute who may have still have male genitalia but is otherwise living as a female full time. Even people who are incarcerated are protected by our human rights as Canadians and must therefore be protected from possible discriminatory violence.

I applaud the OPP for acknowledging the value of LGBTQ2S citizens of Ontario.
bugalugs 11/24/2013 6:38:13 PM Report

I really thought this was a joke, really, really! I totally agree with kdawg....if you have a penis, you are a man, man jail, if you don't, woman jail....period! How is that discrimination....and if you break the law, you have no rights..no say...come on this world is so f ed up! Nothing to do with sexual preference....sorry people you are either a man or a woman...there is no other choice there! And no I am not narrow minded, stop stereotyping yourselves...the only people that keep the discrimination alive are the ones that keep claiming they are different and demand attention....stop already!
KDawg 11/24/2013 6:47:23 PM Report

"I applaud the OPP for acknowledging the value of LGBTQ2S citizens of Ontario."

I will applaud the OPP when they continue to arrest people who commit crimes, without regard for what's between their legs or what they wish they had between their legs.
Prrrrrrr 11/24/2013 7:00:18 PM Report

I agree with KDawg...wow, what next???
riverman 11/24/2013 7:01:50 PM Report

You guys seem to be stuck on the whole "chicks with dicks in jail" thing. Nowhere in the article does it state the best practices document was drafted specifically for dealing with LGBTQ people who are charged with crimes. That aspect was offered up by a poster on this website and is not addressed in the article, so don't get your panties (or your boxers...whatever your preference)in a bunch! This is about community outreach, people. Wow.
riverman 11/24/2013 7:04:01 PM Report

Think of it in terms of the "serving and protecting" part of police work, not just the arresting of felons. Does that help???
riverman 11/24/2013 7:11:06 PM Report

Also, please try to look at the ENTIRE community that the OPP is looking to "develop and maintain good relationships" with by drafting this document. You folks are all talking about the transgendered members of that community, but the truth is that the far larger population of the LGBTQ2S communities is made up of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. Just keep breathing, everybody.
riverman 11/24/2013 7:18:43 PM Report

And K-dawg you can applaud the OPP right along with me, then, because the OPP will "continue to arrest people who commit crimes, without regard for what's between their legs or what they wish they had between their legs." The best practices document mentioned in this announcement is not going to change that, so don't worry and feel free to start clapping.
Knight44 11/24/2013 7:20:29 PM Report

Well said Riverman.
riverman 11/24/2013 8:00:35 PM Report

Hi, again. Sorry to monopolize this thread, but I just want to share one last thing that occurred to me (and I don't know the answer): does the OPP actually have anything to do with the housing policies of prisons or jails or halfway houses and such? I don't think they do. Wouldn't all those sorts of policies be managed by another agency like Corrections Canada or something?
Rachel01 11/24/2013 8:10:49 PM Report

I'm sorry but I do support gay rights I also believe you do the crime you pay the time...
riverman 11/24/2013 8:56:24 PM Report

Rachel, please, READ the article. This is about COMMUNITY RELATIONS. There is NOTHING in the article to suggest the OPP would not charge an individual with a crime or go easy on them because of their sexual orientation. You are responding to misinterpreted readers' posts, not the OPP press release.
StandUpForRight 11/25/2013 7:23:31 AM Report

Wow! What an initiative. It is about time. Visit www.racisminopp.org and www.discriminationopp.org to read some horror stories about what has been going in the OPP.
moem 11/25/2013 7:26:57 AM Report

For those wondering why we need such policies...because the human rights code was amended to say that we do, after Toby's law was implemented. It disgusts me that people still make these awful comments about other human beings! Do a little research or attend a workshop, your despicable comments are part of the reason the suicide rate is so high among trans people...particularly teens! And the police need policies, not just for jails and holding cells, but also for searching etc...don't forget people are innocent until proven guilty in this country and need to be treated humanely from the moment they are arrested....kdawg prrrrrrick and the others should be ashamed of themselves, look up the human rights code
StandUpForRight 11/25/2013 7:37:19 AM Report

Perhaps one of the following websites instigated this initiative:

www.racisminopp.org

www.discriminationopp.org
anapeg 11/25/2013 12:33:15 PM Report

For those seeking equality, you become equal by being treated as I am treated not by being cow towed to and given special accommodations. If you have the accoutrements of a male, you are housed with males, if you have the female equipment you are housed with the females.
It becomes somewhat difficult to back someone seeking equality when they demand to be treated differently. We need make up our minds, do we seek equality or special treatment? We anxiously await your decision so get back to us ASAP. Thanks.
moem 11/25/2013 12:43:11 PM Report

Annapeg

They do not want special treatment,they want to be treated as the gender they identify with. What possible difference could someone's gender identity make to your life????? Seriously why do you care? At any rate, every single person in SSM could make derogatory comments on here about this issue and guess what?? It won't make a lick of difference because the human rights commission has spoken and now we as a society must adapt period! It's not a debate it is a law. Transgender is much more common than you think and people that you know and love could be struggling on the inside right now because they are afraid to live their lives as they want because of ignorant people like the ones commenting on here....
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