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VPD recommends more training for officers conducting ‘street checks’ – Vancouver is Awesome

by ahnationtalk on September 25, 201865 Views

A Vancouver Police Department review of how its officers conduct street checks has concluded what its chief has said publicly over the past few months—that the practice is not discriminatory, despite data showing an overrepresentation of Indigenous and black people being stopped by officers.

Even so, the department has recommended the Vancouver Police Board adopt six recommendations to ensure the public has “complete confidence” that the practice is not discriminatory towards a particular group of people.

The recommendations include additional training for officers, releasing street check data annually, assigning an officer to improve communication with the Indigenous community and formalizing the department’s street check standards into policy so that it adheres with new provincial standards under development.

“While not being motivated by ethnicity or gender, the VPD appreciates that persons being checked can sometimes perceive that these factors may be at play, especially in instances where the person has limited previous interactions with the police,” said a report accompanying the 62-page review, which goes before the police board Wednesday.

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