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*SOLD OUT* Building Trust and Relationships: Policing in LGBTQ2S+ and Indigenous Communities | Nov 25, 2020

In Collaboration with Odd Squad Productions 

Odd Squad Productions is a charitable organization comprised of serving and retired police officers and volunteers.  It is recognized as an international leader in the field of drug and gang education for youth.

Login: 7:30 am (Pacific Time)
Session: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)

Please note, this session is intended for members of Law Enforcement agencies

Ticket pricing:
$159 USD for an individual FULL DAY ticket (up to 5 purchased) or $99/Part 1 or Part 2 ONLY.
For FULL DAY groups of 6 attendees or more, we are offering a flat fee of $799 USD.  Your cart will automatically update once 6+ tickets are added to it.  

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PART 1:

Policing in the LGBTQ2S+ community:
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Pacific Time)

This session provides knowledge, insight and a unique perspective from Constable Dale Quiring who created the first LGBTQ2S+ liaison position in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Historically and along with today’s climate, police agencies have and continue to face many challenges developing and maintaining trust within the LGBTQ2S+ community.

This training will touch on a variety of topics to assist and help police agencies shape and develop policies, initiatives and overall culture to meet and overcome barriers to building trust in the LGBTQ2S+ community. A heavy emphasis in the presentation will focus on the transgender community exploring many topics from police interactions, terminology, transition, social media, and human rights issues to assist all police personnel in their day to day interactions with the transgender community.

 This training will include:

  • Understanding the historical and current challenges that face the LGBTQ2S+ community.
  • Gaining an appreciation of the need for active listening and empathy to bridge the gap between police and marginalized communities
  • A working knowledge of current concepts and terminology as it applies to the transgender community.
  • Understanding active listening, empathy and compassion, the role they play for effective communication in the trans community.
  • Gaining a better knowledge of current legislation as it applies to Human Rights Code violations.
  • Understanding the transition phase and the implications it has on police procedure.
  • Embracing a new paradigm shift and how we approach policing.

Presenter:

Constable Dale Quiring

Establishing the first ever LGBTQ2S+ Liaison Officer position both within the Vancouver Police Department and the province of British Columbia, Constable Dale Quiring has been integral to the improvement of policies, procedures and most importantly relationship building with LGBTQ2S+ community. Over the course of his 19-year policing career thus far, he has spent time working in the Public Order Unit and the Source Handling Unit, while his time in patrol was primarily in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Most recently, as the Hate Crimes Detective in the Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section, Constable Quiring received the BC Community Safety and Crime Prevention Award in 2016, as well as a Chief’s Constable Commendation in 2017 for his work with the LGBTQ2S+ community.

Constable Quiring has been instrumental in implementing multiple LGBTQ2S+ initiatives, including the establishment of the 1st Canadian Safe Place Program and the VPD/LGBTQ Advisory Committee. He created the transgender training video “Walk with Me” which has received international attention and recognition. Constable Quiring also created an LGBTQ2S+ sensitivity training program called Gay/Trans and Blue and is currently training various Municipal and RCMP detachments across the country regarding LGBTQ2S+ issues in policing. Given his expertise in the subject matter, Constable Quiring was further invited to present to Parliament in 2016 on Bill C-16 in order to generate discussion and provide a much-needed policing perspective. Through his dedication and commitment to improving policing practices, Constable Quiring was the recent recipient of the 2018 Blue Line Magazine’s Police Leadership Award.

Breaking the barriers of bias, prejudice and hate, Constable Quiring is working on new projects to change LGBTQ2S+ experiences, advocating for acceptance and inclusion in sports. Through innovation, focus on building relationships and creating cultural shifts within policing, Constable Quiring continues to set an example for policing agencies across the country as the VPD’s first LGBTQ2S+ Liaison Officer.

PART 2:

Policing in the Indigenous Community:
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Pacific Time)

This session provides expert insight from a frontline police officer who is working directly with Indigenous Communities. Indigenous persons are still overrepresented in the criminal justice system and underrepresented within the law enforcement profession. In today’s climate it is imperative to understand Indigenous history and struggles which affect the relationship with police today.

This training will explore Indigenous Concepts of Law and Justice, historical relationships between police and the Indigenous community, concepts of Law and Justice, and where police agencies and police officers can go from here.

 This training will include:

  • Deconstructing Indigenous Stereotypes
  • Perceptual screens / bias – How perception can lead to misunderstanding
  • Overview of Indigenous concepts of law and justice
  • The lasting impact of the Indian Act & Residential Schools
  • The underrepresentation of Indigenous Peoples in the Justice System & Policing
  • Historical facts around First Contact & Colonialization
  • United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons overview (UNDRIP)
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) – Specific calls to action for law enforcement
  • Vision for the future: Building a new relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples

Presenters:

Constable Tyler Urquhart

Tyler Urquhart was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. He had been a police officer with the VPD for 12 years, 6 of which were spent policing in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Currently, Tyler is the Indigenous Community Policing Centre Liaison. He takes great pride in building relationships with Vancouver’s Urban Indigenous Community as the work toward reconciliation continues.

Norm Leech

Norm Leech is Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre operating in the Downtown East side of Vancouver. He is a member of T’it’q’et, a St’at’imc Nation community where he served as Chief and then manager for several years. Norm is trained in Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy (IFOT), Computer Systems, Facilitation, and Restorative Justice. He is qualified to train in Naloxone, Harm Reduction, Human Rights, and Indigenous Tools for Living. He has 25+ years of recovery, three children and a wonderful granddaughter.