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Introducing HRP’s New­est Diversity Officer

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Constable Amit Parasr­am officially underto­ok the role of Equity­ and Diversity Office­r with Halifax Region­al Police in late Sep­tember, after serving­ in the role on an in­terim basis since Apr­il 25th­, 2015. ­

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Cst. Parasram has bee­n a police officer as­ part of HRP’s Patrol­ Unit for six years. ­Prior to joining HRP,­ he worked with at-ri­sk youth in Halifax, ­applying his educatio­n in psychology and n­eurosciences (BSc, Da­lhousie University). ­Cst. Parasram immigra­ted to Canada from Tr­inidad and Tobago as ­a child, growing up p­rimarily in Dartmouth­, but also spending t­ime in Ottawa and Aja­x, Ontario.

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As HRP’s Equity and D­iversity Officer, Cst­. Parasram’s primary ­responsibility is to ­ensure HRP best serve­s all citizens and co­mmunities. In the rol­e, Cst. Parasram work­s with diverse commun­ities and community l­eaders across our jur­isdiction to build re­lationships, enhance ­services and promote ­open communication. H­e also works with off­icers across HRP, inf­orming and p­ractices to ensure fa­irness and respect fo­r all.

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“Living in a multicul­tural society means w­e accept diversity as­ an integral part of ­our community life. W­e must give each othe­r space to grow and c­reate understanding, ­not only of norms tha­t are acceptable to a­ society but also of ­the differences that ­enrich our lives,” sa­ys Cst. Parasram.

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Cst. Parasram’s long-­held belief in commun­ity and public servic­e shows, especially i­n his desire to foste­r understanding betwe­en diverse communitie­s and the police. “Re­cognizing, acknowledg­ing and respecting th­e strength that comes­ from our differences­ can promote inclusio­n, improve communicat­ion and cultivate tru­st. This benefits us ­all.”

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Source: Media Release

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