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Ontario Human Rights Commission


September 30, 2019


ON

OHRC Policy on Eliminating Racial Profiling

Ontario Human Rights Commission – released its new Policy on eliminating racial profiling in law enforcement at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) CEOs Day.
This policy, the first of its kind in Canada, offers practical guidance to help law enforcement identify and end racial profiling. The OACP is committed to the principles outlined in the policy, and more than 20 community and advocacy groups have added their support or endorsement. The policy outlines seven key principles for eliminating racial profiling and includes recommendations to law enforcement agencies, private security organizations, oversight bodies and government.
Some key principles governing positive change and respect for human rights in law enforcement include:

  • Acknowledgement: Substantively acknowledging the reality of racial profiling, including the impact it has on individual and community well-being and trust in law enforcement, and recognizing the specific impact on Indigenous peoples and racialized communities and individuals
  • Engagement: Active and regular engagement with diverse Indigenous and racialized communities to obtain frank and open feedback on the lived experience of racial profiling and effective approaches to combatting it
  • Policy guidance: Adopting and implementing all appropriate standards, guidelines, policies and strict directives to address and end racial profiling in law enforcement
  • Data collection: Implementing race data collection and analysis for identifying and reducing disparity, and managing performance
  • Monitoring and accountability: Regularly monitoring racial profiling, and setting robust internal accountability mechanisms at the governance, management and operational levels
  • Organizational change: Implementing multi-faceted organizational change (for example, in relation to training, culture, hiring, incentive structures etc.) consistent with the OHRC’s guide Human rights and policing: Creating and sustaining organizational change
  • Multi-year action plan: Forming anti-racist action plans featuring initiatives geared toward achieving short- and long-term targets for advancing all of these principles.

OHRC Principles and Recommendations = 62

 

Govt of Ontario

Police Services Board

Police Services Police Oversight Agencies

Other Law Enforcement Entities

Acknowledgement

1

1
Engagement

1

1

Procedures (1)

Policy Guidance

1

1

8

Data Collection

1

7

1

Monitoring & Accountability

4

1 13

1

Organizational Change 4 2 6 3

4

Multi-year Action Plan Forming anti-racist action plans featuring initiatives geared toward achieving short- and long-term targets for advancing all of these principles.
Total

12

6 35 5

4

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/policy-eliminating-racial-profiling-law-enforcement