The DRP would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new Diversity Coordinator Constable, Anil Maharaj, and thank Constable Keith Richards for his hard work and dedication.
The Diversity and Inclusivity Unit was created in 2008 with the hopes of reaching all members of our community to enhance our relationships and open the lines of communication.
In his five years with the unit, Cst. Richards brought several great initiatives forward:
*The creation of the Diversity & Inclusivity Strategic Plan
*Participation in both the Toronto and Durham PRIDE Parades. Durham Police was presented an award from the Toronto PRIDE Committee for their rainbow-decaled cruiser
*Implementation of Language Identification Boards in all of our public buildings
*The establishment of various partnerships with the LGBT community
*The development of e-learning modules pertaining to inclusivity for all members of the DRPS
“It was an amazing opportunity for me to help create this role within DRP and I have enjoyed reaching out to all of the diverse members of the community,” said Cst. Richards. “I look forward to Anil bringing new and fresh ideas to role.”
Cst. Anil Maharaj is a 23-year member of DRP and has worked throughout the Region, including Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax and North Durham. He has also worked as a school liaison officer and as the community services officer in North Durham.
“As we do for any court proceedings, I want to gather as much information in this role through exposure, education and dialogue,” said Cst. Maharaj. “Then I can generate conversations to find the best practices for sharing that information with front line officers.”
Cst. Maharaj would like to encourage the community to email him with questions, ideas or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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