Community engagement sessions on measures to address systemic racism in Peel policingWritten by Ontario Human Rights Commission
The Peel Regional Police (PRP) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) are holding online community engagement sessions to hear from community members on measures to address systemic racism and discrimination in policing in Peel Region.
From March 14 to April 18, 2022, people who live or work in Mississauga and Brampton can register to participate in one of four online community engagement sessions to be held on March 28, April 7, 13, and 19, via Zoom. Each session will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Community participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on lived experiences and the concerns and issues they face with policing in Peel, during facilitated discussions in a formal and respectful environment.
The focus of the discussions will be on the OHRC’s seven key principles on eliminating racial profiling, from its Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, police services have an obligation to the public and people they serve to ensure that service delivery is fair and free from discriminatory practices. The OHRC’s seven key principles are an important driving force to ensure that this happens, and has already received community support as reported in the PRP’s 2021 survey results on policing in Peel.
Recommendations derived from these discussions will inform binding commitments that PRP and Peel Police Services Board will make for human rights organizational changes to address systemic racism in policing in Peel Region.
The OHRC encourages people who live or work in Mississauga and Brampton to continue using their voice to drive change by participating in these meetings.