Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau
Celebrating the beauty and strength of our diversity
York Region has truly become a global community enriched by the linguistic, religious and ethnocultural diversity of community members who trace their ancestry to many parts of the world.
In the spirit of embracing and celebrating this diversity, the 12-member Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau led by Inspector Ricky Veerappan is tasked with building bridges and developing partnerships with our diverse communities and educating our members about the many different cultures we serve.
Members of the Hate Crimes Unit also fall under the umbrella of this bureau. The unit coordinates the 21-member York Regional Police Hate Crime Investigation Team that works out of District Headquarters across the region.
The Chaplaincy also falls under this bureau and consists of eight chaplains representing the five largest faith communities in York Region. Our chaplains include Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, Reverend Vicki Cousins, Pastor Mansfield Edwards, Imam Abdul Hai Patel, Reverend Dr. Francis Mpindu, Reverend Canon Gregory Symmes and Father Damian Young-Sam-You.
York Regional Police continues to be committed to reflecting the communities we serve. Many of our officers are multilingual, speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindu, Farsi, Urdu, Italian, Russian, Tagalog, Spanish, German, French, Korean and Sign Language among others.
Designated Hate Crimes Unit
York Regional Police recognizes the community wide impact of hate crimes and vigorously investigates all occurrences of hate crime and hate bias incidents. We have a dedicated investigative unit and specially trained hate crime investigators at each district to assist officers in investigations where hate may have played a part. Team members are also called upon as subject matter experts and provide training to partner agencies, community and school groups on effectively combating hate.
Fighting hate and bias crime effectively relies on partnerships. The response to this growing problem cannot be made by law enforcement alone. Government, police, community organizations and individuals must be committed to working together to stem hatred in society.
What is a hate crime?
A criminal offence committed against a person or property, that is perceived to be motivated and/or is motivated, in whole or in part by the suspect’s hate, bias or prejudice based on real or perceived race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.
What is a hate/bias incident?
Hate incidents involve behaviours that, though motivated by bias against a victim’s race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation, are not criminal acts.
Hostile speech or other behaviours may be motivated by bias but are not criminal in nature. Although hate incidents are not criminal in nature they often have a tremendous impact on the individuals and communities who are targeted.