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Diversity education

The Calgary Police Service is a leader in fostering awareness and understanding, both within the Police Service and between the Service and Calgary’s diverse communities. We are instrumental in preserving the quality of life in our community by maintaining Calgary as a secure place in which to live.

We strive to improve awareness and understanding, both within the Police Service and between the Service and Calgary’s diverse communities. By building bridges of respect with Calgary’s diverse communities, we ultimately improve the quality of life for citizens through social development.

The Diversity Education Coordinator is dedicated to the education of Police Service recruits, community groups and citizens. Diversity education began in 2000 and has:

  • Created the first unit of its kind in Canada in 1979
  • Worked with communities for the past 35 year to established trust
  • Participated in numerous community boards and committees
  • Participated in countless community events and celebrations
  • Established 9 community advisory boards to provide two way communications directly to the executive of the police service.

Educational programs

You and the Law

You and the Law is a Calgary Police Service 90-minute workshop aimed at helping new immigrants learn about the Canadian legal system, how police here operate and the rights they enjoy as residents of Canada. The workshop is conducted by specially trained police officers and was designed with input from immigrants and several support organizations. Agencies and those who teach ESL classes can book the free workshop to be presented to their students.

All sessions include an overview of the Calgary Police Service, followed by discussion of specific subject areas including:

  • The role of police in Canadian Society - includes discussion of the municipal police, RCMP and the functions of a police officer
  • Criminal Code offences - examples covered are shoplifting, family violence, impaired driving and the consequences of each
  • Provincial statutes - includes law involving driving, hunting, fishing and alcohol and the consequences of violation
  • Municipal bylaws - includes transit, parking and jaywalking
  • Police procedures - includes Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, officer/violator contact and complaints against police
  • Crime prevention - includes personal, home and vehicle safety and discussion of programs such as Block Watch
  • Employment and volunteer positions - includes recruiting information and volunteer opportunities

Hate Hurts Program

The Hate Hurts program is a diversity and hate/bias program for local junior and senior high schools. This program provides schools with the skill development, information and resources needed to support an environment that actively addresses issues of hate, bias and discrimination.

The Calgary Police Service offers these two-hour presentations at no cost. The presentations include information around hate and bias crimes, active witness skill training, a resource tool kit, role-plays and scenarios and interactive games.

External Diversity Education

Diversity Education is provided upon request to any community organization, group or protective service. This is a three-to-four-hour presentation that consists of an overview of the Diversity Resources Team and the resources available for the community. Personal biases and stereotyping are examined in order to recognize the impact they can have on the work that we do.

Diversity Level 1

Diversity Level 1 is mandatory training for all CPS recruits and is an 11 hour course. The course is split up into three modules.

Diversity Level 2

This 40 hour course is offered in-service to sworn and civilian personal. "Next Level" Diversity education is intended to provide students with an interactive learning format which includes; diversity exercises, diversity strategies, cross cultural communication tips, diversity based movies, guest speakers, "Off-Site" tours of culturally significant community locations, and interviewing using an interpreter.

Aboriginal Justice Camp

Aboriginal Justice Camp is an in-depth cultural experience hosted at Hull Child & Family Services campus. It is a 40 hour lecture based course that transitions into experiential learning through drama, field trips and interaction with Elders. There is one full day of immersion with traditional ceremonies and a feast hosted at the residence of Hal Eagle Tail, Tsuu T'ina First Nation. Working together within a team of community Elders, Ceremonialists and resource agencies, participants are introduced to key areas of history, traditional values and current issues found in the Aboriginal community. The camp is help twice annually in May and September and is open to all members of the Service, both sworn and civilian.

To participate in any of these programs, please contact the liaison officer directly at 403-428-8158.