Published on July 10, 2014
From left, Const. Georgina Short, RNC Chief William Janes and Insp. Pat Roche outline the ways the police force is reaching out to the province’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. — Photo by Daniel MacEachern/The Telegram
Published on July 11, 2014
A frame grabbed from the RNC's diversity-positive video.
With Pride Week right around the corner, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) is reaching out to the province’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
“It’s about ensuring that our policies meet the needs of the LGBT communities,” RNC Chief William Janes said at a news conference at police headquarters Thursday.
“It’s about ensuring that there are no barriers for anybody
who wants to seek a career with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and as well it’s about ensuring
that we’re approachable for potential victims of crime who may
be members of the LGBT community.”
A centrepiece of the force’s efforts is a new video targeted at the LGBT community, featuring officers promoting tolerance and diversity and encouraging recruitment.
“If you can serve, you can serve,” say officers in the short video.
Insp. Pat Roche says the video grew out of a committee struck earlier this year that includes LGBT members of the RNC to discuss ways to become involved in Pride Week.
“This was one of the suggestions that came back from one of the members within the group,” said Roche.
“He took it upon himself, came up with the script and got the assistance of officers from patrol services, and the video was shot.”
The video speaks to inclusiveness within the RNC, said Roche, and while the video specifically targets the LGBT community, it’s part of the force’s broader efforts to reach out to other traditionally underrepresented groups.
“Our slogan is about celebrating diversity,” said Janes. “Over the past year we’ve reached out to other groups besides the LGBT community. That has included the Chinese community, the Muslim community, the Coalition of Persons With Disabilities, who we recently did a blue-zone project with in terms of people parking in disabled parking places. So this is just another event in terms of our reaching out into the community, and it’s in the forefront because next week is Pride Week.”
Const. Georgina Short outlined the police force’s participation in this year’s Pride Week, which begins next week.
The RNC will take part in Monday’s flag-raising Monday at Confederation Building; it will host a “Coffee With Cops” recruitment session Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Rocket Bakery; on Thursday an officer will be at Memorial University for a presentation with members of the LGBT community; and the force will be part of the parade
This week, the force affixed rainbow-bordered “Celebrate Diversity” magnetic stickers to the bumpers of its cruisers.