The Halton Regional Police Service is a recognized leader for its award-winning efforts to reach out to the diverse communities it serves.
The HRPS recognizes that Halton Region is a mosaic of people who not only bring differences and uniqueness to our community, but contribute to making Canada the rich and wonderful country it is today.
We recognize and respond to the sensitive needs of our culturally diverse Region by building links with community, cultural and faith-based groups and through the efforts of officers in our District Community Mobilization Bureaus. We also partner with community groups such as the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC) to enhance understanding and foster relationships between the police and all members of the public.
We invite you to take a moment to learn more about the wealth of Diversity Programs and award-winning work offered by the Halton Regional Police Service, including:
HRPS is a proud employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI).
The Profiles in Diversity Journal recently announced the winning companies and organizations for innovation excellence in diversity and inclusion. Halton Regional Police has been recognized as one of the trailblazers aligning diversity and inclusion with strategic goals in the workplace and the community.
Please see the video, featuring Chief Tanner, Deputy Chief Duraiappah and other community partners discussing Diversity and Inclusion, below.
It is such a tremendous honour for the Halton Regional Police Service to be recognized by the Profiles of Diversity Journal as one of the top ten organizations worldwide when it comes to recognizing diversity, cultural sensitivity and awareness, and working cooperatively with our partners through community mobilization so that this is truly an inclusive area. And one that is so important to our police service to provide an equal and excellent level of service to all members of our society.
So what's next for Halton, when it comes to diversity and inclusion? Whenever we talk about diversity and inclusion, we talk about it as if they go together like peanut butter and jam, my opinion is that, the more diversity you have, the less inclusion results. So we have to be proactive and focused on tactics and initiatives that are going to allow our leaders to be inclusive. When people feel included, they are more productive, they feel more confident and ultimately the results are far superior and there have been numerous studies in this area.
Our joint vision was to design a full curriculum about diversity training, which is called "Cultural Competency Training." It has five modules of training, and these modules can be delivered by its own.
Those modules would be delivered to police officers within the new hire of police officers the Halton Region will hire or it will be delivered for the block training that police service provide.
There were many stories coming out about policing, mainly in other jurisdictions, not Halton, but of course the youth would go back and forth so, and they hear, media, about, you know, what others were seeing. We developed a really good working relationship with Halton Regional Police through the community policing, so rather than them fairing being afraid of the police, when they?re stopped and so on, it was more a relationship there that they were able to interact with the police on a more positive level.
I see the police, compared to the rest of the world, and I have travelled many places, where the police it forms part of the community. They're not just there to enforce law and order, it's about knowing your community and interacting with them. And being there to help them solve the issues, be part of the solution as apposed just high handily, just being there to promote law and order.
I feel like Halton Regional Police has really gone above and beyond and really worked on their allyship in terms of participating in the things that we do and supporting us with letters, turning up for PRIDE days, being visible in their work and being visible in their processes, in their intake forms and all of those things that come along with being an ally. Right? It's not just slapping up that poster or having an ally button, it's about really doing the work and doing it alongside us and supporting us and that is what the Halton Regional Police has done for us since 1998.
Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah
Diversity and inclusion are two really unique terms and, for me, it brings together the vibrancy, which makes not only our community the way it is, but also our police organization the way it is.