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  Listening to Different Voices in Our Community

May 15, 2014 15:20 ET

Members of the Durham Regional Police joined the staff and students at Pickering High School as they hosted a "Voices in the Community" assembly, celebrating International Women's Day and International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Acting Sergeant Keith Richards joined Durham College Associate Dean Mary Collins and Community Advocate for Social Change Kim Dowes to share their struggles and their triumphs throughout their careers. A/Sgt. Richards was the first diversity officer for DRP, reaching out to the community to form those important connections we need to ensure we can serve everyone in our region.

"One of the struggles we face as a policing organization is how to break through different cultural barriers while still maintaining someone's dignity during our interactions with the community," said A/Sgt. Richards. "We want our citizens to know they can reach out to us."

When asked about our Youth In Policing Initiative, A/Sgt. Richards stated, "What impacts me most is when I can change a youth's perspective and then watch them grow into leaders for their community. That's when I know I'm doing the right thing."

Also at the assembly was DRP's new Diversity Coordinator Cst. Pam Devine, as she took the opportunity to promote the Youth In Policing Summer Initiative as a fun and meaningful work experience for teens.

Kudos to Pickering High School for celebrating these important days and creating and encouraging an open dialogue in regards to equality and discrimination.

More information about our Youth In Policing Initiative can be found here.

Below are attached files.
keith thumb (JPG file, 18.4K bytes)
A/Sgt. Richards answers questions about diversity and policing (JPG file, 77.8K bytes)
Cst. Devine speaks to students about the Youth In Policing Initiative (JPG file, 119.4K bytes)