THUNDER BAY – Cathy Woodbeck the executive director from the Thunder Bay Multicultural association shares, “The Thunder Bay Police Service ‘Diversity in Policing Project’ has been cited in UNESCO 2012 report Fighting Racism and Discrimination – Identifying and Sharing Good Practices in the International Coalition of Cities. UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization”.
UNESCO’s International Coalition of Cities Against Racism looked at best practices around the world to address discrimination. The Diversity in Policing Project is highlighted as one these successful practices.
The Diversity in Policing project was joint effort coordinated by the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, in partnership with Diversity Thunder Bay, the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre, and the Thunder Bay Police Service. The project began in 2002 and included extensive research, community consultation, policy review and the development of training in bias free policing.
The Thunder Bay Police Service are committed to continuing the effort. The police service is developing an update to the original training which was first delivered in 2008.