Submitted by Steven Baileys, Community Development Coordinator
CPN Member Update: Victoria Police committed to diversity and inclusion
Congratulations to Victoria Police Department for becoming the newest member of the Safe Harbour. By completing this training, members of Vid PD demonstrated their commitment to diversity and inclusion. Safe Harbour: Respect for All is a program that supports businesses and organizations with training and resources to understand the value of diversity and inclusion. The half day training provided nine Vic PD staff members with knowledge and basic tools to improve cross cultural communication, to understand the impact of personal bias and to develop actions to make Vic PD more inclusive.
Following the session, Inspector Penny Durrant of Vic PD commented: “As a Community Partnership Network member, Victoria Police Department employees were excited and honored to have the opportunity to take the Safe Harbour Training… This training provided us with a greater understanding of each other, the work we do, and ensures that we consider our actions and the impact on others as we carry out our activities in the diverse communities we serve. We enjoyed working with AMSSA and the Inter-Cultural Association facilitator. Everyone who took the training came away with new ideas on how to better our organization and support our employees.”
The Victoria Police are long-time members of the Community Partnership Network (CPN), a network of more than 190 local businesses and organizations committed to promoting diversity in our community. Thanks to Sgt. Greg Holmes for organizing the training.
The Safe Harbour program is coordinated by the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies (AMSSA) with funding from Embrace BC. For more information about Safe Harbour, please visit here.