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A Message from the Chief of Police, York Region Police

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On behalf of the over 2000 men and women of York Regional Police, I extend our congratulations on the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

York Region continues to have the proud distinction of being one of the most diverse communities in Canada, being enriched by cultural, religious, and spiritual traditions as well as numerous other attributes of diversity, reflective of virtually every corner of the world. As the Chief of Police of this community of over one million residents, I can also attest to the fact that the safeguarding of human rights remains a very strong pillar in the foundation of policing.

Our pluralistic Canadian landscape and changing demographics are constructed on the protection of human rights, mutual respect, dignity, self-worth, and understanding for all members of our human family. With profound gratitude, we acknowledge that the fundamental human rights and freedoms we enjoy today have been built on and strengthened by the history and contributions of Ontarians and Canadians alike. We remain mindful that in our often conflicted world, the protection of human rights can never be taken for granted.

So as we mark this milestone anniversary, we congratulate the Ontario Human Rights Commission for its commitment to advancing the cause of human rights in Ontario, Canada and around the world.

Please accept our very best wishes and we look forward to further opportunities for friendship and collaboration.

Yours truly,

Eric Jolliffe, M.O.M., BA, MA, CMM III
Chief of Police