Cops shedding diversity handcuffs

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By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/06/2013

In 2007, André Goh, manager of diversity management at the Toronto Police Service, introduced affinity groups into the police force. It was an uphill battle, with some executives questioning whether or not it would create cliques, marginalize people and cause more ostracism, he said.

But affinity groups were quickly embraced by employees and the force now has eight groups based on race, culture, sex and community.

“The diversity of the groups is a success story in and of itself because it now affords opportunities for sharing information, networking and mentoring,” said Goh. “And the affinity groups are open to anyone who supports the goals of the group.”