About 150 UOIT students and members of the public offered their thoughts and raised important questions during a community outreach forum held March 8th in downtown Oshawa.
Part of the DRPS "Speak Up" public consultation series, the latest forum was held at UOIT's Regent Theatre in downtown Oshawa. It offered students an opportunity to ask any questions they wanted to the DRPS executive team. The event was Tweeted live and portions were streamed live on the DRPS Facebook page.
Chief Paul Martin, Deputy Chiefs Uday Jaswal and Chris Fernandes and CAO Stan MacLellan took to centre stage and answered questions from the audience. Topics included the hiring process, street checks, how citizens can get involved in the DRPS, local crime issues, mental health issues and even how the K-9 Unit works.
Coordinated by the DRPS Youth Organizing Committee and the DRPS Diversity, Human Equity & Inclusion Unit, the purpose of the panel discussion was to talk openly with local students and youth that represent all the dimensions of our diverse Region with a focus on police-community relations. Most of the feedback was positive, but concerns were raised about the lack of diversity in the service and the relationship with members of the Black community.
A number of the issues were captured on Twitter and can be found at #SpeakUpDurham.
DRPS Command Team Answering Questions (JPG file, 320.8K bytes)
Large Audience in Attendance (JPG file, 412.4K bytes)