Minister’s Statement on Police Act Report

CANADA, April 28 – Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, issued the following statement in response to the report of the Special Committee on Police Act Reform:

“The recommendations of the Special Committee on Police Act Reform echo our government’s belief that everyone deserves equal treatment by the police.

“That hasn’t always been the case for many Indigenous, Black and other people of color. Public trust requires that the delivery of police services be fair, equitable and responsive to all British Columbians.

“The committee’s recommendations to reform the British Columbia Police Act are based on extensive analysis and commentary and reflect current challenges including addressing systemic racism, mental health and harm reduction. We will examine the report’s findings on the roles and responsibilities of the police, the effectiveness and efficiency of policing practices, the level of public trust and how to provide exceptional service to all British Columbians while understanding and meeting the needs of Indigenous, Black and other racialized communities.

“We have already started reaching out to partners to discuss how we will review the report’s recommendations and, starting in late summer, we will be discussing the recommendations with Indigenous partners, community advocacy organizations, health and mental health groups, police leaders, agencies. and police oversight bodies to respond to the new vision of the Police Act as envisioned by the committee.

“I applaud the dedication and hard work of the All-Party Special Committee for nearly two years. I am also grateful to the 411 individuals, organizations and subject matter experts who have spoken to the committee or submitted briefs. Their expertise, commitment and lived experiences have been invaluable.

“As outlined in Section 3.11 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act Action Plan, our government is committed to developing and implementing policing reforms to address systemic biases. and racism.

“Police services are the focus of attention across Canada, and many national conversations are taking place about policing reform. We are committed to creating a safer and more inclusive British Columbia, and the report and its recommendations will help us achieve our goal of eliminating inequality and advancing lasting reconciliation.

To read the report, go to: https://www.leg.bc.ca/content/CommitteeDocuments/42nd-parliament/3rd-session/rpa/SC-RPA-Report_42-3_2022-04-28.pdf

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