PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) — The Port Moody Police Department wants public feedback on its future, specifically about body cameras, street checks, and mental health calls.
The department also wants responses regarding the level of militarization of police uniforms, vehicles, and equipment.
The Port Moody Police Board unanimously passed a resolution in July to engage with the community about the evolution of public safety in the city. That resulted in a task force being created with police board members.
“These particular topics have been discussion pieces in policing for some time,” said Sgt. Ian Morrison. “And, really, the concept that it’s becoming a more global conversation around some of those topics, that makes it appropriate for us to find out what our citizens think.”
The department also wants to know what people think about “police contact” in schools, and has launched a new survey on such issues.
“I’m hoping that people are open and honest with their answers, and that they take the time to actually take the survey,” Morrison added.
In July, Vancouver council unanimously voted to support a motion to ban street checks in an effort to end racial profiling.
.@CityofPoMo residents: you’re being invited by @PortMoodyPD
to take a survey on topics in policing, ranging from the use of body cameras to street checks…even police involvement in mental health calls. You can link to it here: https://t.co/oGzQG1UNJN
— Ria Renouf (@riarenouf) August 25, 2020
The Vancouver Police Board has final authority on street checks and is to vote to abolish them in September.
As well, in June, as Canadians and Americans protested police brutality following the death of George Floyd, more than 18,000 people signed a petition to make body cameras mandatory for all B.C. RCMP officers.
That same month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’d propose equipping police with body-worn cameras to the country’s premiers.
Also in June, a nursing student filed a lawsuit again the RCMP in Kelowna after she was seen in a surveillance video being dragged by an officer responding to a call for a wellness check.