The assessment, which aimed to examine Peel Regional Police’s demographics compared to the community’s demographics, was presented to the Peel Police Services Board on Friday, March 22.
“I have reviewed the report. It is extensive, but clearly says we need to continue to grow as a police service with respect to inclusivity to keep pace with the rapidly changing community,” said Chris McCord, interim chief of police.
“We know Peel Region is one of the most diverse communities in Canada and that is something we value. Last year 60.5% of our newly hired officers and cadets and 54.5% of our newly hired civilian employees were racialized.”
In an attempt to increase inclusivity, police say they will be hiring an equity and inclusion specialist.
Plans also include working with the Chief’s Advisory Committees — committees focused on the black, Chinese, LGBTQ+, Muslim, Sikh, and youth committees in Peel — to help find solutions that are meaningful to the overall population.
“We recognize there is a lot of work ahead of us. We will support our leaders and employees by enhancing their cultural competencies,” McCord said.
“Our aim is to use the findings of this report to make us a best-in-class police agency.”
In a Twitter statement, Brampton mayor Patrick Brown says he accepts the conclusions of the report and its recommendations.
Police say recruiters are also working hard to look for innovative ways to attract women to the profession.
Today, 64% of PRP’s new civilian employees are women, the Senior Leadership Team includes 17.5% racialized employees and 26.3% women, and PRP has nearly 1,000 employees who speak 60 different languages.
Police say the CCDI’s assessment is very thorough. The Chief’s Management Group welcomed the review, participated in the process and encouraged employees to be involved. -CINEWS