Prior to the G20 in Toronto, when I was first tasked with using social media officially for the Toronto Police Service (we had been working in partnership with the Toronto Crime Stoppers program since January, 2007), I had the opportunity to film some key videos pertaining to the approach to human rights issues in Ontario. I have often thought that the substance of these videos will take years to be fully embraced by all members of our police services and our communities, but that social media would be a vehicle to get this word out going forward, and that these videos would be very valuable in this process.
Thanks to two very humble and quiet men in our community who have extensive skills with technology and social media – Eric Jacksch @EricJacksch and Rob Cairns @RobCairns , I now have this @Wordpress blog that I can post my thoughts on in a constructive manner with the goal of education and a better world for all of us. Today, I shared these videos with Lauri Stevens @LawsComm in her efforts to try to help law enforcement engage our communities in a positive way through better relationships, with social media as a vehicle to accomplish this. I realized in our Skype conversation that it was videos like this that Lauri was searching for, but just didn’t know they existed, and where to find them in one place in order to make sense of the totality of their message.
If Human Rights interests you, especially the ‘paradigm shift’ from an adversarial approach to a more solutions oriented and prevention approach, please feel free to watch some or all of these videos that I had the opportunity to film in my official capacity as Toronto Police Service Social Media Officer.
In my humble opinion, these videos set the framework of the “Purpose” of what we are trying to accomplish. If someone like Lauri with her skills in social media, the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMiLE for short) can add some of the ‘Process’ policy pieces (like she quite amazingly has been able to do in Toronto), then the “Payoff” and “Potential” is endless, and has no boundaries. Who knows, maybe the message spoken in Chinese by the students over a year prior to this post, will resonate with someone, somewhere because of this post, which may lead to improved human rights in China, or at minimum spark the dialogue necessary to get basic things that we in Canada take for granted, like an Internet connection, more readily available for people to start to make a difference.
There is nothing better than to be able to hear the words spoken by the people with the vision yourself, when you are in a position and head space to hear the message.
There are 5 videos here:
“Human Rights 101 eLearning” OHRC.on.ca/hr101 (recorded at York University with students in both English and Chinese language)
Ontario Human Rights+TPSB+Toronto Police Partnership-Alok Mukherjee
Ontario Human Rights+TPSB+Toronto Police Partnership-Chief William Blair
Ontario Human Rights+TPSB+Toronto Police Partnership-David Miller
Chief Commissioner of Ontario Human Rights > Ontario Human Rights+TPSB+Toronto Police Partnership-Barbara Hall
I know many people who were involved with all of this process, and can provide you with insight and more information … The best way to reach out to me is to tweet @GraffitiBMXCop or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope people find this compilation helpful as we all do our part to make this world a better place.