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All-party committee calls on B.C. to replace RCMP with provincial police force

An all-party committee of B.C. MLAs is looking on the province to eliminate the RCMP within the province and change it with a provincial police power.

The advice comes because the committee grapples with addressing issues of racism related to policing within the province.

“The committee’s imaginative and prescient for policing and public security contains: guaranteeing equitable entry to police and public security companies with constant oversight, governance, coaching, and insurance policies,” the report reads.


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Within the report, the committee emphasised that transitioning to a provincial police service shouldn’t be a mirrored image on the work of particular person RCMP officers.

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“It’s a reflection of the challenges with governance and accountability with the present federal mannequin,” the report states.

The report additionally focuses on guaranteeing all policing is attentive to and knowledgeable by the group in addition to constructing belief by shifting the tradition and construction of police companies.

The province has not but responded to the suggestions.

As a part of shifting in direction of a provincial police power, the committee is looking for the amalgamation of police companies on a regional foundation the place there are alternatives to handle fragmentation.


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“The committee recommends {that a} new provincial police service take over companies previously contracted to the RCMP,” the report reads.

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“As with the present mannequin, municipalities would nonetheless have the chance to ascertain a municipal police service, contract with the provincial police service, or enter into an settlement with one other municipality or Indigenous group that has a neighborhood police service to satisfy their policing wants.”

Adopting the report’s suggestions would contain the legislature passing a new Neighborhood Security and Policing Act to manipulate the supply of policing and public security companies.

The purpose can be to create a police power primarily based on values of decolonization, anti-racism, group, and accountability.

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This would come with guaranteeing Indigenous peoples and nations, and municipal governments, are engaged within the drafting of the laws.

“Over the course of their session, it grew to become clear to committee members that the Police Act shouldn’t be assembly the wants of British Columbians, and that transformative change is required to modernize policing in B.C.,” the report reads.

“By together with “Neighborhood Security” within the title, the committee emphasizes the purpose of guaranteeing that each one British Columbians really feel secure of their communities and the way constructive and collaborative relationships between the group and the police improve public security.”

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