Community organization / nonprofit being nominated
Out On Patrol
Tell us a little more about this organization. Please include detailed ways in which this organization makes strides to benefit the community, who is impacted and what future goals are for this organization.
Out On Patrol is a peer support organization for 2SLGBTQ+ law enforcement members, focused on community outreach, charitable work, and education. They are a registered non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia and publicly launched in May 2020. Out On Patrol currently has over 200 members from around the world; however, they are officially located in Vancouver with a focus on delivering most of our programming in the Metro Vancouver area.
For many members, working in law enforcement is mentally taxing and emotionally draining. Having a strong peer support network is key to mental resiliency and stress relief. Out On Patrol provides a peer support network for 2SLGBTQ+ members of law enforcement. They are not only dedicated to supporting members, but also using their unique position as part of the 2SLGBTQ+ community to build a strong, positive, inclusive connections between law enforcement and the greater queer community.
There have been great strides over the years to bridge the gap between the 2SLGBTQ+ community and law enforcement. Out On Patrol recognizes there is still work to be done, and is proud to host events which will provide the community a positive and welcoming space to interact with 2SLGBTQ+ law enforcement members.
Out On Patrol members have first-hand experience with the difficulties 2SLGBTQ+ youth face on a daily basis. In an effort to combat bullying and advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ rights, Out On Patrol is planning on offering educational presentations for elementary and secondary schools. These presentations will also provide a platform for members to act as positive role models for youth interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
If selected as a winner, how will the $7,500 prize money be applied?
As a newly formed non-profit organization, $7,500 would play a significant role in the day-to-day operations of Out On Patrol.
The money would be used to host community and youth outreach events, providing members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community the opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a positive and welcoming environment.
These events will be held at community venues, where the community will be have an opportunity to interact with Out On Patrol in a way that humanizes members of law enforcement. Out On Patrol members will be able to listen to community member's concerns and engage in meaningful dialogue.