In March of 2018, Isobel Granger was promoted to the rank of Inspector. She is the first black woman to rise to this level within the Ottawa Police Service. Insp. Granger says she wants her achievement to inspire other women from marginalized communities to do the same. Insp. Granger began her policing career in her home country of Zimbabwe where she was the first black officer in the white ranks of a segregated police force. After leaving Zimbabwe, she became one of the first black female officers hired by the OPS. She has worked closely with the diversity and race relations unit as well as the youth section. She says “What I learned about people is that people are sometimes really intimidated and afraid of what they do not know, so you can actually stand up and fight and become adversarial and combative, or your life can become a life of educating people.”
The IAWP 2018 Conference in Calgary will have speakers focused on diversity and inclusion. Check out the program details and conference agenda!