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‘We have much work ahead of us’: Hamilton Police hire decorated diversity and inclusion specialist

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‘We have much work ahead of us’: Hamilton Police hire decorated diversity and inclusion specialist

Paola Jani is an equity and violence prevention specialist. She has worked extensively on advocating for human rights in both Canada and India. (Hamilton Police Service)

The Hamilton Police Service announced Thursday (Jan. 21) the hiring of Paola Jani to the new Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Specialist position.

She will officially begin her role on Feb. 1.

The role, which was approved by the Hamilton Police Service Board in October 2020, was identified by the service as critical to facilitating the development and implementation of their EDI strategy.

A lifelong Hamiltonian, Jani is an equity and violence prevention specialist. Jani has worked extensively on advocating for human rights in both Canada and India. According to Hamilton Police, she has worked extensively on a variety of EDI topics such as anti-racism, anti-oppression, bias, diversity, and gender-based violence.

“This role is the first of its kind for the Hamilton Police Service and I want to thank the Police Service Board for their support and commitment to making equity, diversity and inclusion a priority,” said CAO Anna Filice.

“Paola’s role will be critical to setting the foundation for our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. While we recognize we have much work ahead of us, Paola’s work, in partnership with the community, will support us in making our workplace and ultimately, our services, more inclusive and welcoming for all,” added Filice.

Jani holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science, a post-graduate diploma in Public Management, and a Master’s Degree in World Heritage Studies. She has also earned multiple post-graduate certificates, including from the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion for Organizational Excellence from Stanford University.

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