Meet Peel Regional Police’s new Anti-Racism Advisory Committee

Posted On Wednesday August 10, 2022

Peel Regional Police is proud to announce the establishment of a diverse, independent Anti-Racism Advisory Committee (ARAC).

“We look forward to working with our ARAC representatives and continuing to make impactful changes together that will lead to better outcomes for everyone in Peel Region,” said Peel Regional Police Chief Nishan Duraiappah. “The formation of an Anti-Racism Advisory Committee is a critical component in our collective commitment to human rights-centered work in dismantling systemic racism.”

The Anti-Racism Advisory Committee comprised of residents from Peel Region, will engage and work collaboratively to address a number of commitments undertaken by the service to identify systemic barriers. This includes providing advice and feedback on Peel Regional Police’s anti-racism practices and the impact of policing within diverse communities in the Region.

The committee is consisted of 21 diverse members representing Mississauga and Brampton. To read their full biographies, please click here

  • Tehmina Asad
  • Madison Bertrand
  • Deborah Buchanan-Walford
  • Sydney Butler
  • Jhonathan Calderon
  • Len Carby
  • Jody Campbell
  • Kristen Cocev
  • Arjan Dhoot
  • Gord Gallimore
  • Ricky Gill
  • Mohammed Hashim
  • Nishat Kazmi
  • Sean Meagher
  • Robert Mitchell
  • Christopher Myrox
  • Alicia Ralph
  • Fae Samuels
  • Melissa Toney
  • Filita Visaya-Tiwari
  • Patricia Williams

A group of community members referred to as the interim ARAC coordinated an application process for the selection of the new ARAC members. The process began in February 2022 and completed in April. On May 10, a formal kick-off meeting was held with all new members and Peel Regional Police, which included a discussion and an orientation on the committee’s Terms of Reference.

Since 2018, Peel Regional Police has recognized and has taken proactive steps to implement a human rights-centered approach across the organization. This includes mandatory training offered by subject-matter experts on the topics of unconscious bias awareness, racial profiling, and procedural justice as well as understanding the realities of racism from a historical context.

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