Like all publications and policies of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Human Rights and Policing is a joint effort, involving a lot of consultation and conversation. The guide draws on what we learned working in partnership with the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board. Our three-year collaboration, the Human Rights Project Charter (2007-2010) was a ground-breaking project, aimed at making real progress in building a human rights culture in a complex organization.
We would like to acknowledge the tremendous commitment and contributions of the Toronto Police Service and the Toronto Police Services Board in making the Project Charter possible, including the comments and feedback provided by the Toronto Police Service in the development of this guide.
We also thank the Ontario Police College, our partner in providing human rights training events to police organizations across Ontario. Many police services and organizations have participated in these activities and, as a result, have contributed to some of the lessons we have learned and now share in this guide.
We hope that your police service and community will be inspired by this guide and will find useful advice on how to help your organization fully respect and accommodate the dignity, worth and human rights of everyone you serve.