Chief of Police Paul Martin and members of the DRPS joined community members and dignitaries at the Pickering Islamic Centre for a celebration of Canada's 150th birthday.
The event marked an early birthday celebration honouring the many cultures, religions and backgrounds that make up our country. Chief Martin was invited to speak about the value of working together as a community and about the importance of mutual respect and understanding.
"As frontline responders, it is our duty to keep our communities safe. It is our duty to uphold the laws of Canada and protect the rights of every citizen," said Chief Martin. "The DRPS understands that, in our Region, diversity makes us stronger. It breaks down barriers and celebrates our differences as strengths. I truly believe that and so do the members of our service."
Chief Martin condemned the recent attack on a mosque in Quebec and local incidents including anti-muslim grafitti written on bus shelters. He encouraged members of the public to continue reporting these incidents, as we are stronger when we work together to eliminate these crimes. He also noted that in order to better serve our diverse communities, we need to be more reflective of our population as a police service.
The DRPS is working toward this goal with our new Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan, which will help guide our operation and hiring decisions for the next three years. You can access the plan here.
"Please keep the lines of communication open as we face the future together, strengthened by our diversity, knowing we are stronger together than apart," said Chief Martin. "And in this very special anniversary year of our great country, let's appreciate and enjoy the freedoms and privileges we all share as Canadians."
Chief and members of the community (JPG file, 134.7K bytes)
Chatting with community members (JPG file, 361.3K bytes)
Chief Martin brings greetings (JPG file, 355.7K bytes)
Having some fun with a round of Canadian Trivia (JPG file, 299.7K bytes)