Diversity and Policing in Canada
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This chapter discusses the diversity that exists within Canadian policing. While historically, police services have been comprised of Caucasian males; today police services are attempting to mirror the diverse landscape that represents Canada. Women, visible and cultural minorities, Indigenous people and LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender) individuals are represented at various levels within police services across the nation. Police recruiting initiatives are focused upon creating a workplace that proportionately reflects the community being served. Canadian policing services are responding to the challenges that come with ever changing cultural norms and values within society. This chapter also outlines the complexities associated with policing a diverse nation and how Canadian police services are attempting to address these issues. Indigenous peoples and their unique policing needs are discussed at length. It is suggested that the lessons learned from policing Indigenous peoples in Canada may serve as a valuable template in policing diverse communities.
KeywordsCanada LGBT Indigenous people Native American First nations
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