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Posted By: Kimberly Calderbank
Posted On: October 3rd, 2019

Halton Regional Police Service, HMC Connections, OPVTA and MTO Partner to Create Educational Videos for Newcomers to Canada

The Halton Police Board is proud to unveil the results of several meaningful collaborations that contributed to the production of educational pieces for both the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) and Halton residents. This project has allowed for efficient, tangible educational products, as well as specific knowledge-based learning as it relates to policing, culture, and newcomers to Canada.

This project stemmed from a partnership in 2017 between the HRPS and HMC Connections, who together constructed an enhanced approach to officer diversity training, cultural competency training, and cultural bias awareness training.  In partnership with HMC Connections, Ontario Police Video Training Alliance (OPVTA) and the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), two new videos were created to help newcomers to Canada understand how to stay safe while operating a vehicle in winter, and how to stay safe as a pedestrian.

"HMC is dedicated to serving newcomers and has been very excited to work with the Halton Regional Police Service to create the multilingual videos that are now being shared and used across Canada to introduce newcomers to driving in Canada (funded by the Ministry of Transportation – the videos are called "Newcomers to Canada – On The Road to Safety" and can be viewed at safetydrivesus.org).  The Halton Regional Police Service support newcomers through joint projects with HMC like the videos and the cultural competency training that each new recruit receives as part of their orientation.  We would like to thank the Police for their ongoing commitment and dedication keeping our community safe." Hanadi Al Masri, Director of Social Innovation, HMC Connections

"The Halton Regional Police Service has demonstrated their commitment and care for the safety and well-being of all citizens by partnering and supporting the conversation with the diverse community through the Diversity table, through the safety videos, the cultural competency training and through their commitment and productive partnership with HMC. This is a wonderful working relationship that benefits the whole community.Kim Jenkinson, Executive Director, HMC Connections

Not only will these videos lend support to the way of life for new Canadians, but they will also help members of the HRPS more effectively understand expectations and attitudes of newcomers and provide a strong foundation for long-term relationship-building.

"Through meaningful collaboration, we have leveraged shared experiences to the benefit of those who are new to Canada. Through these videos, we are ensuring that all residents of Halton have the tools and the knowledge they need to stay safe, and to keep their families and others safe.Inspector Jeff Sandy, Halton Regional Police Service

All three video collaborations can be found on the HMC Connections website (safetydrivesus.org). Since they were posted, the videos have been viewed over 125,000 times.

"This initiative helps integrate and keep safe our newest residents, particularly regarding road safety – a key concern of the Police Board." Rob Burton, Chair of the Halton Police Board and Mayor of Oakville

About the Halton Police Board

The Halton Police Board is a seven-member Board that provides strategic governance to the Halton Regional Police Service. It is a provincially mandated legal entity that operates independently from Regional or Municipal Council. As such, it is the Board’s responsibility to ensure that the residents of Halton Region receive adequate and effective police services in accordance with policing standards issued by the Province. The Board is the trustee of public interest regarding the provision of all police services in the community.

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