One of the goals of the Hamilton Police Service is to be more reflective of the communities that we serve.  In 2005, the Service conducted a Self-Identification Survey in order to determine the actual ethno-cultural breakdown of the Service. 

The results provided a clear profile of the Service and served as a baseline for the Service to measure its progress towards being more reflective of the community we serve.

A comprehensive diversity strategy was then developed by Human Resources and completed over the next few years, in partnership with our communities.  The strategy focused on:

  • Outreach/partnership with our diverse communities
  • Mentorship (aboriginal, females, youth, diverse members)
  • Creating a more welcoming work environment
  • Training our internal members

In 2011, the Police Service conducted another Self Identification Survey to measure the effectiveness of our strategy.  The Survey results were part of the Hamilton Police Services Board meeting in August, 2013.  A summary is below:

 

Aboriginal

Diverse

Female

Disability

Sexual
Orientation

Total % in HPS 2005

1.6

5.9

37.22

n/a

n/a

Total % in HPS 2011

2.22

12.53

36.57

15.55

2.94

Since all our members serve the community, we did not initially separate civilian and sworn members in the report.  That analysis has now been completed.  It is as follows:

 

Aboriginal

Diverse

Female

Disability

Sexual
Orientation

% of Sworn Respondents Only

2.72%

14.56%

19.97%

14.58%

3.50%

% of Civilian Respondents Only

1.20%

8.37%

71.12%

17.56%

2.67%

City of Hamilton Census 2006

1.53%

14.79%

51.31%

14.30%

n/a

 

Survey Notes:

  • Calculated as a percentage of all those who completed the survey question
  • This indicates the amount of value responses received for the aforementioned categories.  Not every participant answered every question.  Responses of "prefer not to say" were not considered Valid and treated the same as blank (not counted).
  • Sexual orientation includes those who identify as bi-sexual, gay, lesbian, questioning, transsexual, or two spirited.
  • Due to reporting changes implemented by StatsCan, the Census 2006 is the most comprehensive data set available.

The results of the survey and the additional analysis show that recruitment and diversity strategies of the Hamilton Police Service have had positive results helping the Service to be much more reflective the communities we serve.  We have more work to do and we will continue to work with our community partners to reach out to promote careers at Hamilton Police Service.