Data in­di­cates po­lice card­ing prac­tices are racial­ized

StarMetro Vancouver - - VANCOUVER - CHERISE SEUCHARAN

While the prov­ince has just re­leased a re­port sum­ma­riz­ing the re­sults of their public en­gage­ment progress on how to pro­mote un­bi­ased polic­ing, data from Van­cou­ver Po­lice De­part­ment show that street checks, also known as card­ing, hap­pen to Indige­nous and Black peo­ple at a dis­pro­por­tion­ately high rate.

In March and April, the Min­istry of Public Safety and Solic­i­tor Gen­eral in­vited the public to fill out a ques­tion­naire on how to pro­mote un­bi­ased polic­ing as part of new polic­ing stan­dards be­ing de­vel­oped across the prov­ince. The new re­port sum­ma­rized 231 re­sponses as well as a num­ber of ex­pert sub­mis­sions.

The re­port shows the ma­jor­ity of re­spon­dents found all sug­ges­tions for im­prov­ing bias to be im­por­tant or very im­por­tant, in­clud­ing train­ing of­fi­cers in di­verse com­mu­nity needs and en­gag­ing with com­mu­ni­ties on their polic­ing pri­or­i­ties.

Indige­nous peo­ple, who make up two per cent of the Van­cou­ver pop­u­la­tion, made up 16 per cent of street checks; and Black peo­ple, who make up just one per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, made up five per cent. Full breakdown at thes­tar.com/van­cou­ver

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