An independent panel of experts is recommending more Indigenous representatives for top positions on the Thunder Bay Police Service and the board that oversees it.
A panel appointed by the Thunder Bay Police Service Commission to assess the culture of both organizations released an interim report on Tuesday after consulting with members of the community and the police service.
He said urgent action was needed on the election of a chief, the appointment of a police commission, and labor relations, suggesting that the next chief should be an indigenous person or a person of color with experience in police leadership.
The report also recommends that the board expand its membership to seven and require that at least three of its members be indigenous.
It was the latest in a series of reviews scrutinizing the city’s police force in northern Ontario, including one that found evidence of systemic racism, now following the recent suspension of a former police chief. increase.
A final report is due early next year, and the commission says it will focus on a “roadmap for change” to rebuild trust between the city, police and communities.
In the meantime, the panel said the appointment of a new police chief and restructuring of the board are areas that need immediate attention to ensure adequate leadership to oversee long-term change.
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Expert panel seeks representation of Indigenous Peoples in Thunder Bay, Ontario.Police, Commission – Barry
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