Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section : Citizens' Police Academy | Hate Crimes

Cst. Rick Lavalee

Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section

The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section works with specific communities that are experiencing significant public safety issues. These groups are defined by cultural, economic, ethnic, sexual, racial, religious, marginalizing, or other distinguishing characteristics.

Section Goals

The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section implements public safety initiatives to address the following issues:

  • over-representation of Indigenous Peoples in the criminal justice system
  • fear of crime and perception of safety experienced by at-risk communities
  • repeat victimization of at-risk communities
  • under-reporting of crime by visible minorities and/or newcomers to Canada
  • confidence in Canadian police forces by visible minorities and/or newcomers to Canada
  • victim and witness participation during police investigations and court processes
  • community involvement in crime prevention


The Vancouver Police Department uses strategies to promote community safety through a diversity in recruiting, cultural competency training, and relationship building with various communities. Members of the Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section regularly meet with community representatives to develop programming to enhance community safety, and to participate in community forums, workshops, and rallies.

Indigenous Community

The VPD Indigenous Liaison Officer (Constable Rick Lavallee) and the VPD Indigenous Community Policing Centre Officer (Constable Holly Christie) work closely with the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre and other agencies to develop relationships and engage the community in proactive crime prevention initiatives.

The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section conducts outreach through multiple programs in an attempt to reach and engage vulnerable Indigenous populations. These programs include the SisterWatch Project Committee, Aboriginal Recreation and Culture youth program, and the Pulling Together Canoe Journey.

In partnership with the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS), the Vancouver Police Department recruits Indigenous Cadets for a three-month work experience project each summer. Applicants are Indigenous youth who are college or university students and interested in becoming police officers.

LGBTQ2S+ Community

The VPD LGBTQ2S+ Liaison Officer, Constable Dale Quiring, works with community agencies to improve the safety of LGBTQ2S+ people. As a result of these working relationships, the VPD implemented a new policy for officers interacting with transgender individuals and produced a related training video, "Walk With Me," for police educational purposes.

In 2016, the Safe Place program was implemented to increase feelings of safety in the LGBTQ2S+ community. This ongoing initiative involves outreach to local businesses and institutions to provide them with Safe Place window decals they can display at their premises.

VPD Safe Place
VPD Safe Place

Hate Crimes

The Hate Crimes investigator, Detective Constable Jacquie Abbott, works with patrol officers and other investigative units to address hate crimes. The investigator develops and delivers training to police officers, liaises with community members, and develop hate crime prevention programs.

Detective Constable Abbott monitors bias-, prejudice- and hate-motivated offences, and provides relevant expertise regarding evidence and legal provisions. She specializes in the significance of specific symbols, markings, or language, and can provide expert evidence in court.

In addition, the Hate Crimes investigator reviews cases in relation to section 718.2 of the Criminal Code of Canada and makes recommendations regarding bias, prejudice, or hate towards the victim based on the victim’s race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other similar factor.

Community Engagement and Education

The Diversity Liaison Officer, Constable Tyler Radons, does outreach to various communities, which includes weekly meetings and educational programs at the Immigrant Services Society of BC, youth engagement through the New Kids program, and community education through the Citizens' Police Academy.

The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section participates in the BC Law Enforcement Diversity Network, liaising with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and municipal police detachments to host an annual diversity educational forum for law enforcement professionals

The Section participates in numerous community events and occasions throughout the year. These include the Chinese New Year Parade, Women’s Memorial March, Vaisakhi Parade, Pulling Together Canoe Journey, Pride Parade, Walk for Reconciliation, and National Aboriginal Veterans Day.

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(604) 717-2763


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Constable Dale Quiring

Section Wins National Award

The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section won the 2011 Minister of Justice National Youth Justine Policing Award for the E.A.S.Y. program.

Read the details on our 2011 External Awards webpage.