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Chair of the Department of Sociology, Tina Fetner

McMaster Sociology Researchers Assist Hamilton Police Service’s Efforts to Improve Communication with LGBTQ2S+ community

A research team, led by Chair of the Department of Sociology, Tina Fetner, will act as a third-party survey administrator, collecting data from the LGBTQ2S+ community on how the Hamilton Police Services can improve their communication.

Sep 20, 2021


The Hamilton Police Service (HPS) has reached out to researchers from McMaster Sociology in the Faculty of Social Sciences to help strengthen their relationship with Hamilton’s LGBTQ2S+ community. McMaster researchers, led by Chair of the Department of Sociology, Tina Fetner, will carry out an engagement survey among the community to determine what stakeholders need from the HPS to move forward in good faith.

“The survey will allow stakeholders to describe the ideal characteristics of a facilitator who would manage the conversation between the HPS and LGBTQ2S+ community. Respondents will also list the qualities and experiences of an ideal community advisory panel, as well as what issues they should address in future communication,” said Fetner.

The collaboration comes in the wake of a 2020 independent report that examined whether the HPS responded adequately when violent protesters attacked Hamilton Pride patrons during the festival in 2019. The review found that the HPS’s planning and preparation for the Pride event was “inadequate” and made 38 recommended reforms for the HPS, including a suggestion to improve communication between stakeholders.

“The university is acting as an academic partner in this process,” added Fetner. “The survey is anonymous, and the McMaster team will be the only ones with permission to review the responses collected. We will summarize the findings and compile a report for the HPS.”

Fetner and her research team will act as a third-party survey administrator, collecting and interpreting the data before presenting their findings to the HPS for further review and consideration.