Thunder Bay Police Service Launches A Change Initiative
Incident Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018 – 10:45
Location: Thunder Bay
Date Published: 2018-01-11
Thunder Bay Police Service is launching the next phase of its Change Initiative with a working group recruitment campaign called “Shaping Our Future” to help aid the service with diversity training, recruitment, communications and community policing.
In December 2017, the Thunder Bay Police Services Board reviewed a presentation highlighting the goals of the Change Initiative for Thunder Bay Police Service and a resolution to support it passed unanimously. The proposal outlined a major undertaking not meant to be treated as a short-term project.
The service is launching the “Shaping Our Future” campaign to help form a working group, which will include members of the service and dedicated volunteers from the greater community, to help set a vision for the initiative.
“When you look at the totality of the project, my first comment to the board is that we want this to be achievable and we want it to be sustainable, “said Thunder Bay Police Service A/Chief Sylvie Hauth.
The presentation outlined the initiative’s purpose as re-righting relations inside and outside the police service, particularly with the Indigenous community. It also responds to calls of systemic discrimination within the service through four elements:
– Restructuring the Aboriginal Liaison Unit.
– Invigorating recruitment to attract Indigenous and other under-represented groups to the police service.
– Creating ongoing training opportunities for service staff by offering diversity and culturally significant courses to enhance employees’ knowledge and abilities to interact with all community members over the course of their careers
– Enhancing the service’s internal and external communications to convey organization changes and foster accountability through evaluations.
“The vision for this new initiative is doable within the community and within the police service” said Leisa Desmoulins, a Lakehead University professor and diversity initiative consultant.
“In that way we are really expecting that it will have more ability to maintain that momentum.”
With an initiative featuring more achievable and long-lasting goals, Desmoulins is optimistic this approach will lead to real and positive institutional changes.
More information is available at www.thunderbaypolice.ca/change.