Peel Regional Police releases inaugural Human Rights Project report and annual use of force data

Posted On Friday September 22, 2023

Region of Peel – On September 22, Peel Regional Police presented the inaugural Human Rights Project report with the use of force statistics at the Peel Police Services Board (PPSB) meeting. 

The report, presented alongside Dr. Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, included an analysis of race and identity-based data and other findings. View the full report here.


  • Over 25,000 hours of human rights-focused officer training completed.
  • 16% fewer officers involved in use of force incidents in comparison to 2020
  • 18.5% decrease in all use of force reports when compared to 2020.
  • 48% decrease in all types of use of force since the implementation of the Human Rights Project.
  • 96% of all use of force incidents involved the use of de-escalation techniques.


“While the overall reduction in use of force year-over-year is positive, we are focused on exploring other factors causing the over-representation of certain populations,” says Chief of Peel Regional Police Nishan Duraiappah. “In collaboration with the Anti-Racism Advisory Committee (ARAC), we are committed to creating a Disparity Reduction and Well-Being Plan as a step in our overall multi-year action plan.” 

Peel Regional Police has committed to work on a Disparity Reduction and Well-Being Plan in collaboration with ARAC. The plan aims to identify the systemic factors impacting disparities and disproportionalities to build strategies for well-being through engagement with local communities and public sector areas, including but not limited to health care, education, child welfare, and the justice system. The work on the Disparity Reduction and Well-Being Plan is expected to commence in the fall of 2023. 

Dr. Owusu-Bempah notes: “The ground-breaking work initiated by Peel Regional Police is promising. As we seek to understand disparities, it is important for Peel to show continued commitment and to look internally and externally to improve outcomes.”

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