In early 2016, the DRPS Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) will be expanding its membership and is actively seeking applications from residents who feel they could broadly represent a diverse aspect of our various communities.
Over 50 community members recently attended an information session in Whitby to hear about the DAC committee and membership requirements. Community Co-Chair Shashi Bhatia and Chief Paul Martin made opening remarks and thanked those in attendance for their interest and participation.
A panel of DAC members and DRPS representatives then addressed several questions and concerns from the group regarding processes and transparency.
Chaired by the DRPS and a member of the community, the DAC committee's primary role is to provide relevant and timely advice the DRPS on issues related to diversity and to act as an informed resource. One of the goals is to work collectively to create an environment of trust and openness that results in a safer community.
Currently the DAC committee is looking for six members to serve a three year term (commencing in April 2016) on the 18 person committee. Meetings are held once a month and members are required to attend several community events throughout the year.
To serve as a member of the volunteer committee, residents are required to submit a two-page letter outlining their interest, a brief biography and an overview that specifies how they feel they would augment this committee, as well as a resume that is no longer than six pages in length.
Application packages will be accepted until January 22, 2016 and can be sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or submitted by mail to: Durham Regional Police Service - Diversity Advisory Committee, 605 Rossland Road East, P.O. Box 911, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 0B8. All applications can be sent to the attention of the Committee Secretary - Chantal Clemens.
DAC Committee Information Session (JPG file, 484.7K bytes)