Fredericton Police Force Create Pride Liaison Committee

The first meeting of the Fredericton Police Force Pride Liaison Committee was held on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Co-chaired by Police Chief Leanne Fitch, and community member Dr. Erin Fredericks, the committee is formed of police and civilian members, partner agencies, and community representatives.

Unfortunately, members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community still face significant stigmatization, and as evident in recent public events, are targeted victims of hate. We want to change that conversation, and through the work of this committee, improve communications, and foster better relationships with the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

"I am so pleased to announce that the Fredericton Police has joined with community partners to establish a working committee that will help our police agency meet the needs of our LGBT citizens," says Chief Leanne Fitch. "Our first meeting today was enthusiastic with police officers and  community leaders alike contributing fully to the discussion.   It is our collective hope that we can bridge identified gaps between our police service delivery and the  expectations and perceptions with the LGBTQIA2S+  community. We look forward to supporting the annual Pride Parade and Festival in downtown Fredericton in August."

Dr. Fredericks is very encouraged by this new committee, saying, "I am very excited to be a part of this important Fredericton Police initiative to build bridges with the LGBTQIA2S+ community. We look forward to recognizing the many important ways the Fredericton Police have already serve this community, and to continue working to meet the unique needs of LGBTQIA2S+ people in Fredericton." Dr. Fredericks is as Assistant Professor of sociology, and LGBTQIA2S+ Resource Advisor, at St. Thomas University.

"I am happy to be working in consultation with the Fredericton Police Force on their new Pride Committee, to discuss ways the FPF can improve relevant policies and practices to better serve the local LGBTQIA2S+ community", says Reid Lodge, a local transgender activist. Reid will be helping to coordinate the development and presentation of informative workshops and other resources for FPF and the general public.

The committee will meet on an ad hoc basis, and once fully developed, the mandate will help to indentify public safety needs in the LGBT community, police participation and support with community events, guide discussions around policy, and perhaps most importantly, build relationships that will help with police response to members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community.