Edmonton’s police chief has issued a formal apology for wrongdoing committed by the police department against members of the city’s LGBTQ community.
Chief Dale McFee says the apology acknowledges that while the Edmonton Police Service has an obligation to uphold the law, it has not always demonstrated behaviour that embodies the department’s core values.
Chief McFee promised to stand against any kind of marginalization, denigration or disrespect as part of a reconciliation process aimed at changing the relationship between police and the LGBTQ community.
Police have set up a website, www.epsinput.ca, which will gather input on how that process should be shaped.
Former police chief Rod Knecht said last October that police were working with community members on an apology.
Calgary police issued a formal apology to the LGBTQ community last year.
“On behalf of the Edmonton Police Service, I am sorry and we are sorry,” Chief McFee said during Friday’s announcement at police headquarters.
“Our actions caused pain. They eroded trust. They created fear. They caused members of the public and our service alike to feel unsafe on their own streets, in their workplaces and even their homes.”