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BREAKING THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

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June 8, 2012
By Chad Orydzuk

The Edmonton Police Service is helping the city’s growing multicultural communities understand the role of police with a handbook that is available in 16 languages.

The Handbook for Strengthening Harmony Between Communities and the Edmonton Police Service was created this year to help members of Edmonton’s diverse communities understand the role of police, explains what to expect if approached by police, and provides information on how to access police services. It also explains the rights and responsibilities of both community members and police officers.

“Building trust and strengthening communication with our diverse communities is an integral part to providing an effective police service for all citizens of Edmonton,” said Natasha Goudar, Manager of the EPS Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Unit. “All people in Edmonton, regardless of race, culture, language, or other factors, have a right to feel safe in their homes and to trust that police will protect them. The handbook helps to create an understanding between the diverse communities and the police, and hopefully a more positive experience and level of trust.”

The handbook was created through the collaborative efforts of the Edmonton Police Service, the Alliance Jeunesse-Famille de l’Alberta Society, The Family Centre, the Translation Bureau, the Edmonton Police Foundation, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

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The Handbook for Strengthening Harmony Between Communities and the Edmonton Police Service is unique and was recognized by the UNESCO Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination as a “promising tool for the future.”

The handbook is available in the languages of: Arabic, Dari, English, French, Hindi, Oromo, Pashto, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Punjabi, Simple Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. For more information, please visit www.edmontonpolice.ca/edhr.


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