Bio (Joe L. Couto)

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Joe L. Couto


Associate faculty


Communication and Culture


Joe L. Couto is an associate faculty member in Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture. Couto is also a part-time professor at the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College in Toronto. His area of research is LGBTQ police officers and intersectionality in gender, sexual orientation and organizational culture. Couto is the author of Covered in Blue: Police Culture and LGBT Police Officers in the Province of Ontario, a landmark academic study of gay police officers in Canada. His current research project, funded by the University of Guelph-Humber, is entitled, Female. Gay. Cop: The Intersectionality of Gender and Sexual Orientation in Police Culture.


Couto serves as director of government relations and communications for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police. He also provides communications services through his company, Tourniquet Communications. Couto is a regular lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business Management’s Police Leadership Program and at the Ontario Police College.


Couto holds a Master of Arts in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University (2014) and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism from Ryerson University (1988). In 2013 he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to policing and public safety in Canada. Couto was awarded the 2016 Outstanding New Faculty Award by the School of Communications and Culture at Royal Roads University and the inaugural Serving With Pride Ally Award for his academic and advocacy work with LGBTQ police officers in 2017.