Changing the ranks

Police forces are stirring up the status quo by focusing on diversity in recruiting
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/16/2009

Floyd Hutchinson was born in England but his parents are from the Caribbean, so diversity has always been an important part of his life. And as a special constable with the Ottawa Police Service (OPS), he has seen plenty of changes in his 15-year policing career.

“For many years the job of policing was done by a white, Anglo-Saxon man, six-foot-one, 190 pounds — that was a policeman,” he says. “Today’s world is different so you have to be able to prove you can deal with different types of diversity.”

As with many organizations, police forces across Canada are realizing the necessity, and value, of having a more diverse workforce that reflects the community at large.