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BCCLA Written Submission to BC’s Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act

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The BCCLA made comprehensive submissions and recommendations to the province’s Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act.

Our submissions and recommendations fall within the following seven general areas:

  1. Aligning the Police Act with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  2. Shifting Policing Resources to Community Services
  3. De facto Decriminalization Using the Police Act
  4. Ending Police Street Checks in BC
  5. Addressing Massive Gaps in Surveillance Technology & Privacy Protections
  6. Restricting Police Use of Force
  7. Strengthening Police Oversight and Supporting Impacted People

We do not make any recommendations calling for more training or more resources for policing; our key recommendation is to reduce the scale and scope of policing power in BC. Our recommendations are also not intended to be cherry-picked or used to tweak police services. Our recommendations are comprehensive with the goal of rethinking safety and achieving a full transformation, especially one that upholds Indigenous jurisdiction and justice systems. It is ineffective to think about piecemeal police reforms when the challenge remains with the system itself.

You can read our full written submissions to the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act here.

Our earlier oral submissions to the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act are here.

Our toolkit for public Submissions to the BC Police Act Review are here.