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Crest. © 2005 Halifax Regional Police
Leading and partnering
in our community
to serve and protect.

Leading and Partnering in our Community to Serve and Protect. © 2005 Halifax Regional Police

Halifax Regional Municipality and the communities within are made up of a multitude of diverse culture. Whether these communities are long standing or newly arising, we as an organization recognize the unique nature of these communities.  Therefore, we have a committed obligation to provide distinguished service in policing by improving communication, enhancing services and developing strong relationships within these communities.

Valuing diversity is a core competency of our organization and is an integral component of our mission, "Leading and Partnering in our Community to Serve and Protect."

As recommended in a 2003 Human Rights Decision, Halifax Regional Police hired two consulting firms - Das Management & Educational Services and Perivale + Taylor - to conduct a needs assessment of its current policies and practices on anti-racism education and diversity training.  Copies of these reports, and HRP's Response are available in Adobe format as follows:


Shaun CarveryCst. Shaun Carvery

Equity Diversity Officer

Cst. Carvery encourages people to call him with ideas around diversity and how we can work more closely with our diverse communities. He can be reached at 430-4782 or

Cst. Shaun Carvery was appointed HRP's Equity Diversity Officer on January 14, 2013. Cst. Carvery has been a police officer for 11 years, working first on patrol and more recently as a school officer. He hopes the role will enable him to serve as a liaison between HRM’s diverse communities and the police service.

“After working in schools, I came to realize that there’s much diversity in HRM and those diverse communities have a completely different set of beliefs and opinions about the police and what it is we actually do,” he says. “I acknowledge there are some communities’ customs and beliefs that I and my fellow officers may not be aware of which, if we were aware, would allow us to perform our duties better to serve our diverse communities.”

Cst. Carvery also wants to give diverse communities a voice. “I recognize there are still marginalized communities within HRM that don’t have a voice when it comes to dealing with police. During my tenure as diversity officer, I hope to bring a voice to those who have felt they don’t have anyone to talk with then relating to police issues and bring that information back to police officers so we’re providing the best service possible to the communities we serve.”

Cst. Carvery will be a visible presence at various events within different communities and keep his fellow employees informed about what’s going on in the community.

The Equity Diversity Officer position was established in April 2004 as a dedicated position to address diversity related issues. Reporting to the Chief of Police, this position ensures a co-ordinated response to diversity concerns, which includes, but is not limited to, community outreach, training and recruitment. The Equity Diversity Officer works with other units within the Department as well as with the community to address diversity issues, thereby incorporating both internal and external responsibilities and providing a consistent contact point.

As a part of the diversity mandate, the Equity Diversity Officer is actively involved the HRP Diversity Action Team, an internal mechanism within the Department, committed to promoting and encouraging diversity in the workplace.



Partners in Policing Cultural Diversity Committee

Formed in 2011, the Partners in Policing Cultural Diversity Committee strives to advance and promote positive relations between Halifax Regional Municipality Partners in Policing and the culturally diverse Communities. The Committee is made up of HRM Partners in Policing members/employees and members of various culturally diverse communities. More info


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