Chief Charles J. Bordeleau
Ottawa Police Service
P.O. Box 9634, Station T
Dear Chief Bordeleau,
I am writing to commend the Ottawa Police Service for its continued leadership in addressing bias and discrimination in Ontario.
Your proactive approaches have built strong and positive relationships with communities affected by hate crimes and are to be commended. I know that many officers and members from across your Service have been involved in these efforts.
You have shown true leadership by repeatedly reaching out to Ottawa’s communities affected by Islamophobia and xenophobia. By building bridges and working with community partners, you increase public confidence and trust.
I also want to commend you and your Members for your continued commitment to the Traffic Stop Race Data Collection Project (TSRDC). This is an important undertaking designed to further study racial profiling. The success of this project is another example of a meaningful community partnership between the Ottawa Police Service, your community partners like the Community Police Action Committee (COMPAC) and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Finally, I wish to congratulate you on your inaugural Human Rights Learning Forum which took place on December 3, 2015. It was a pleasure to have met you and I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate in the forum.
Initiatives like these help move Ontario towards a path of becoming a model of harmony and inclusion. I look forward to future opportunities for the Commission and the Ottawa Police Service to work together.
Renu Mandhane, B.A., J.D., LL.M.