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Celebrating Black History Month: Our Stories

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Every February, we as Canadians have the opportunity to learn about and reflect on the achievements of people of African descent here in Peel Region, in Canada, and abroad. Peel Regional Police is proud to celebrate Black History Month and are privileged to honour some of our employees who share their thoughts about what Black History Month means to them.

Peter Grant, Constable – 11 Division


At the start of Peter’s career in 2002, he worked as a Prisoner Escort Officer and later became a supervisor within that bureau. Always wanting to challenge himself, he made the transition to Police Officer in 2016. 




Kirk Williams, Detective – Professional Standards

 Shaquelle Boakye-Cofie, Court and Criminal Records Clerk

Kirk started with Peel Regional Police in 1999 and has worked in several areas, including the Criminal Investigation Bureau, Neighbourhood Policing and Homicide. He is now a Detective with Professional Standards. 

Shaquelle joined Peel Regional Police in 2015 and currently works in the Records Services Bureau. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Ethics, Society & Law. She also attained her post-graduate certificate in Public Administration from Seneca College. 



Marc Andrews, Superintendent

John Rodney, 11 Division Neighbourhood Policing Unit

Marc has a wide-ranging career with Peel Regional Police over the past 27 years. He was the first Black Officer promoted to senior ranks as an Inspector 2008 and is now the Officer In Charge of Corporate Learning. 

John began his career in 2010 as a patrol officer in Mississauga. He is committed to serving his community in several ways, notably as a Community Mobilization Officer and as a player on the Peel Police Men’s Basketball Team. 



Radcliffe (Rad) Rose, Inspector

Regine Henriques, Auxiliary Officer

Rad became an officer with Peel Regional Police in 1989 and has played an instrumental role in a number of different areas, including Homicide, Robbery and Corporate Recruiting. He has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters for seven years.

Regine is a valued employee in our Auxiliary Program and has been active for the past year supporting officers in many ways including with the R.I.D.E. program.




Ingrid Berkeley-Brown, Superintendent 21 Division

Lonsdale (Lonny) Blackett, Retired Sergeant

Ingrid began her policing career in 1986, as the first Black female police Constable hired by Peel Regional Police. Now a Superintendent, she is the officer in charge at 21 Division for Peel Regional Police and the highest-ranking Black female officer in Canada. 

Lonsdale (Lonny) was the second Black male officer hired by PRP in 1974 - one of just two Black officers with Peel Regional Police at that time. He was the first officer to be assigned to Brampton. Sergeant Blackett retired at the rank of Sergeant in 2007.