BCWLE is excited to partner with Out On Patrol, a non-profit peer support organization for LGBTQ2S+ members of law enforcement, focused on the community. BCWLE embraces their mission to “support LGBTQ2S+ law enforcement members and build a strong, positive, inclusive connection between law enforcement and the LGBTQ2S+ community”.
As most people are aware, members of law enforcement can face a verity of work-related stressors. One way of countering those stressors is by having a strong peer support network, which can contribute to positive mental health and resiliency. This is why a main focus of Out On Patrol is to provide peer support for their members, who may face additional unique challenges being members of the LGBTQ2S+ community and law enforcement. Out On Patrol provides a safe space where members know they can be honest about their struggles, both professional and personal. As well, Out On Patrol provides the possibility for connecting members serving smaller communities, who may not have a large social circle of other LGBTQ2S+ members.
Out On Patrol has a nine person Board of Directors with representation from the VPD, RCMP and Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Although COVID-19 has put a damper on some of the society’s plans, they look forward to hosting virtual or socially distanced events for their members and the community. As well, they are working on engaging the community through school education programs, funding other LGBTQ2S+ organizations and youth scholarships.
Out On Patrol is always accepting new membership applications, and you do not have to identify as LGBTQ2S+ to join! For more information, visit their website at www.outonpatrol.ca