Police in Canada

The National Police force of Canada is the RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

They are also the provincial police in most of the Provinces and Territories.

Some provinces, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec have their own forces.

Some major cities have their own forces and work with either their provincial force or the RCMP.

British Columbia, has almost half of the entire RCMP because they are the provincial and community police and most cities, plus The University of BC Campus.

The Three Police Forces of particular concern to the queer community is RCMP, Toronto and Vancouver Police forces.

These are the police groups that most harrassed the Federal Public Service during the 1950s and into the 1970s Fruit Machine witch hunts for queers.

They are also the enforcement establishment side of society that denied us personhood.

 

So, it is not enough for Toronto Police to say about the Bath Houses or the Vancouver Police to rainbow block watch and make it into a business marketing BIA scheme.

related off site:

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders apologizes for 1981 gay – CBC.ca

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/policeapologyraids-1.3647668

Jun 22, 2016 – Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders made a historic apology today for raids on four gay bathhouses in the city that took place 35 years ago.

VPD Safe Place program aims to help LGBTQ … – Vancouver Sun

vancouversun.com › News › Local News

2 days ago – Vancouver police announce the rainbow-decal program to report hate crimes, modelled on a Seattle initiative, as city braces for Pride Parade. … Rainbow-coloured decals shaped like policebadges have gone up in more than …

Related Reading:

More women alleging harassment want to join lawsuit against RCMP …

http://www.cbc.ca/…/more-women-alleging-harassment-want-to-join-lawsuit-againstrcmp-…

May 31, 2015 – Nearly 400 female RCMP officers and civilian employees from across Canada are asking a B.C judge to certify a class action lawsuit filed by …

Controversy over roles of BLM, police rains on Vancouver Pride Parade

Controversy over roles of BLM, police rains on Vancouver Pride Parade: Vancouver Police Department agrees to keep its armoured vehicle at home

 

BC passes trans rights in one sitting | Daily Xtra

BC Premier Christy Clark misses the vote but not the Photo Op.

Data reveals surge in anti-trans hate crimes reported to police in recent years

Data reveals surge in anti-trans hate crimes reported to police in recent years

 

Authorities ignored warnings about radical Jihadi ‘death to gays’ pamphlets in UK prisons

Authorities ignored warnings about radical Jihadi ‘death to gays’ pamphlets in UK

 

Spanish police arrest gang members involved in sexual exploitation of trans women

 

Spanish police arrest gang members involved in sexual exploitation of trans women

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to Police in Canada

  1. thefeatheredsleep says:

    Nina, I’m glad you posted this. Not enough is said about this. Here in San Antonio even before I moved back in 01, it was a place of National and International interest for violence against LGBT communities. I recall reading in The Guardian probably around 1999 that local SA police had been beating up LGBT youths in a local park. That was just the tip of the iceberg. Since then things are better, but there’s a strange paradox between acceptance and a large LGBT community (I believe SA is one of the highest in the state and country, for queer women with families and Hispanic LGBT, it also has one of the highest poverty rates for LGBT especially women with children and a very high rate of sexual abuse across the spectrum) but as much as we may have PRIDE (I have never been) we also have a very underground hateful component. When I lived in Canada I saw more general-public acceptance and low violence for LGBT but I cannot speak to police attitudes so this was useful in knowing there are police issues with LGBT populations.
    Here in SA when a gay gets raped their case is almost invariably ignored by the local police because they feel a jury will not be sympathetic to anyone who is gay and gets raped (implication, their ‘sin’ was a factor or they some how by making ‘bad life style choices’ caused this) and the local Rape Crisis Center is understaffed to deal with LGBT issues. We used to have a LGBT counseling center but surprise, it ran out of funding. With mental health such a priority for LGBT especially LGBT youth, this is just another reason why suicide rates are higher among this population and if you feel you cannot approach the police, imagine how much is under or simply NOT reported? YIKES.

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