Delta officer awarded National Police Prize

A Delta police officer received a National Police Award for his efforts in promoting Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

On Sunday, August 7, Const. Joel Thirsk was recognized by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and presented with the CACP/Axon Leadership Award for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion during the conference opening ceremonies annual meeting of the association in Quebec.

The award “recognizes excellence, dedication and initiative in building community trust and creating a fair, supportive and inclusive corporate culture,” according to a CACP press release, and is awarded to a someone “who demonstrates a passion for making progress in this area”. Region.”

const. Thirsk was honored for his leadership within the DPD’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Unit (EDIU).

“Through EDIU, Const. Thirsk champions leadership behaviors and aims to centralize, support and advance a greater sense of belonging and engagement within DPD and the community. It encourages a supportive environment, which nurtures cultural, ethnic, racial, gender, language and other human differences and encourages commitment to creating an inclusive work environment through various initiatives,” the statement read.

Among Thirsk’s most significant achievements is the implementation of the DPO’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Roadmap, which focuses on emerging issues and challenges from both a external view based on advice from community partners and an internal view based on feedback received from DPD staff across all ranks and positions.

Thirsk also created and distributed the DPO’s Hate Crimes Toolkit, reviewed and updated departmental policies to ensure they are aligned with EDI best practices, and developed and delivered training on anti-racism and discrimination, active participation, mindfulness, systemic racism and unconscious bias.

He also initiated and wrote an internal monthly newsletter informing employees of EDI initiatives, progress and national trends, an initiative that was extended province-wide through the Association of Chiefs of Police of British Columbia.

“This year’s winner is proof of the enormous difference one person can make by bringing about positive change in attitudes, behaviors and policies. The scope and impact of Cons. Thirsk’s initiatives began within his police department and community, but are now being felt across the province and are influencing and inspiring EDI nationally,” said Deputy Chief Farica Prince. , co-chair of CCPA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in a press release. Release.

“Const. Thirsk is to be commended for her drive for change and her leadership in supporting dynamic, sustainable and impactful initiatives to facilitate that change,” added Vishal Dhir, Senior Vice President for the Americas with award sponsor Axon Public Safety Canada. “It’s one thing to act personally in a way that supports EDI; it’s another to successfully inspire others to do the same. This type of commitment and achievement should be recognized and rewarded.

In a press release, DPD Chief Constable Neil Dubord praised Thirsk, saying his leadership in developing the DPD’s EDI program is “nothing short of exceptional”.

“Const. Thirsk paved the way for DPD to continue this important journey of continuous improvement.

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