June 20, 2020
Durham Regional Police Services Board
605 Rossland Road East
Whitby, ON L1N 0B8
Re: Use of Force Protocols and Anti-Racism Training
I write to express my concern regarding recent videos circulated demonstrating the unnecessary use of force by officers of the Durham Regional Police Service (“DPRS”). I have been sent these videos by dozens of constituents expressing their own concern.
I am aware that an initial review determined that the use of force was necessary in both circumstances, however I ask that a full review of all available evidence be conducted with a full report released to the public. Members of the community are rightly seeking clarification for the actions of these officers.
As the Prime Minister has said, unconscious bias exists within all aspects of the government, including in policing. I understand that the Durham Regional Police Service provides some training to its members regarding anti-racism and unconscious bias. I am requesting that the DPRS and Board review all anti-racism programs and unconscious bias training programs they provide for their members. In the interest of transparency, I urge such a report to be released to the public at the earliest possible opportunity.
I further request copies of any review or report that is conducted. This issue is very important to me and my constituents.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.
Member of Parliament for Whitby