Halton Regional Police Service Launches Black Heritage Cruiser Design Contest

Posted On Monday February 01, 2021

In honour of Black History Month, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and its Black Internal Support Network are proudly soliciting the community’s help in the design and creation of a Black Heritage Police Cruiser.

“Due to the pandemic, we are unfortunately unable to organize or participate in Black History Month events like we historically have,” says Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie. “This cruiser is a unique way for us to highlight our commitment to working with and learning more about our region’s African and Caribbean community, not only during Black History Month, but year-round.”  

This initiative is in collaboration with and supported by the following community partners:

  • African Caribbean Council of Halton
  • Black Mentorship Inc.
  • The Burlington Caribbean Connection
  • Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton
  • Caribbean and African Coalition of Canada
  • Halton Black History Awareness Society
  • Halton Regional Police Association
  • I am. I can. I will.

Together, the HRPS and these community partners envision this dedicated police vehicle featuring key figures and imagery that celebrate the region’s rich history of African and Caribbean culture.

“This wrapped vehicle will symbolize the Service’s commitment to, and solidarity with, the black community,” says Constable David Joseph, who proposed the design project in collaboration with members of the HRPS Black Internal Support Network. “Together with our community partners, we hope this project will help expand our collective awareness and appreciation of black heritage in Halton.”

All residents of Halton are encouraged to submit design proposals that highlight the rich history of African and Caribbean culture in the Region of Halton. From contributions to the Underground Railroad, to key figures, and significant historical landmarks, the vehicle wrap could highlight a number of contributions from right here in our own region.

Submissions will be accepted throughout Black History Month, February 1 – 28, 2021. A selection committee comprised of the HRPS Black Internal Support Network and community partner representatives will select a winning design. The individual who submits the winning design proposal will be awarded a one-time $2,500 youth scholarship to be used personally or by someone of their designation for post-secondary education. This one-time scholarship is proudly funded by the HRPS and the eight community partners listed above.

Visit haltonpolice.ca/blackheritagecruisercontest to learn more about the contest and submission criteria, and to submit your design.

The HRPS would like to thank its community partners for their support of this initiative. This project is just one of many ways we are working together to strengthen the way we serve our diverse community.

The HRPS would also like to thank the community in advance for its submissions. The final design and content of the cruiser will be at the discretion of the HRPS, in consultation with the submitter and the HRPS Black Internal Support Network.

Media Inquiries:

Sergeant Ryan Smith
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Unit
Phone: 905-825-4777 ext. 5130
Email: EDI@haltonpolice.ca