We Oppose the Halton Regional Police Services BHM Themed Cruiser Contest

We Oppose the Halton Regional Police Services BHM Themed Cruiser Contest

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Halton Hills Alliance for Social Change started this petition to Jeff Knoll - HRPS Board Chair and

Petitioners: Halton Black Voices, Halton Hills Alliance for Social Change

Recipients:

HRPS - Police Services Board
Jeff Knoll - Chair
Ingrid Hann - Vice Chair
Curt Allen - Provincial Appointee
Gary Carr - Regional Chair
Donald Foster - Provincial Appointee
Clark Somerville - Regional Councillor
Navneet Sekhon - Provincial Appointee

HRPS
Chief of Police Stephen J. Tanner
Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie
Constable David Joseph,
Sergeant Ryan Smith

Petition:

The Black community seeks to address anti-Black racism with real strategies that will advance racial and cultural competency, sensitivity, understanding, and awareness within institutions that have a long history of systemic racism. Therefore, the decision by Halton Regional Police Services to honour Black History Month with a ‘design a Black heritage themed police cruiser’ contest falls terribly short of the real action that is needed to address systemic, anti-Black racism, and racial biases within police organizations, including the HRPS.

Until the HRPS recognizes and makes an effort to overcome the anti-Black racism and systemic racism that disproportionately targets Black lives, both in and outside of its organization, this effort is merely performative and we object to our revered Black figures and imagery being tokenized by this performative and self-serving gesture. 

The region of Halton does not exist in a bubble. The grief from the losses of Black lives at the hands of police in neighbouring cities of Peel and Toronto are felt by the Black community here in Halton. This move by HRPS to solicit community members to design a BHM themed cruiser wrap is insulting and insensitive to our communities who are still grieving the losses of loved ones due to  police actions and who are traumatized by a system that continues to not hold police accountable for their actions. 


Demands:

  • We demand that the HRPS immediately retract this contest that was conceived without transparent consultations with the diverse Black community. 
  • We demand that the HRPS make a commitment to engage with the diverse Black and racialized communities and with the number of Halton grassroots organizations in an effort to build a foundation of trust. 
  • We demand that the HRPS work with the Black community through open and transparent consultations and collaboration to create a framework that will address anti-Black racism with real results. 
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