Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau

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.

Inspector Ricky Veerappan welcoming new Canadian citizensIn the spirit of embracing and celebrating this diversity, the five-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 Mavis Fung, 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.


On Sunday, April 6, 2014, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Bureau  is partnering with the York Region community for the twelfth year in a row to celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Join us at the Markham Event Centre between 11 .am. and 3 p.m. for a day of good food, entertainment, community displays, music and cultural performances. For more information, call 1-866-8POLICe ext. 6028, email diversity@yrp.ca or view the event flyer here.




Designated Hate Crimes Unit

York Regional Police takes pride in the strides made in the investigation of hate-motivated crime. 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.

What is a Hate/Bias Crime?
It is a criminal offence committed against a person or property which is motivated by the suspects' hate/bias or prejudice against an identifiable group or person based upon race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or other similar factor.

What is Hate Propaganda?
Hate propaganda is an offence in which genocide is advocated, or the hate of an identifiable group is publicly communicated. An identifiable group is defined by race, colour, religion or ethnicity.

When should I report a Hate/Biased Crime?

  • When you feel threatened, have been assaulted or harassed

  • When your property has been damaged

  • When you have witnessed a Hate/Biased Crime


  • You feel victimized based upon the suspect's hate/bias

When should I report a Hate/Biased Crime?
Victims of Hate/Bias crimes are targeted simply because of who they are. Trauma extends beyond the obvious physical and emotional inflictions. Victims may be reluctant to report these crimes for numerous reasons. They may fear reprisals, they may fear for their safety. York Regional Police encourages members of the public to report Hate/Bias Crimes, whether they are a victim or witness.

It is the responsibility of all of us to stop Hate/Bias crimes. Encourage anyone you know who has been victimized to report the crime. If you have been the victim of a Hate/Biased crime yourself, report it. Our collective intolerance of Hate/Biased crimes is a clear message to anyone harboring such fanaticism that it will not be tolerated.