The Changes We Want To See
In the last few weeks, we’ve asked you to join us in demanding a radical transformation of policing. Many of you made a submission to the BC Police Act review and demanded real and meaningful change in how we re-envision safety. Thank you for joining communities and us in this fight.
We believe that it’s ineffective to think about piecemeal police reforms when the challenge remains with the system itself.
That’s why our recommendations to the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act don’t call for more training and resources for policing, but for a reduction in the scale and scope of policing.
Our recommendations are comprehensive, with the goal of rethinking safety and achieving a full transformation – especially one that upholds Indigenous jurisdiction and justice systems.
We do this by tackling 7 issue areas:
- Aligning the Police Act with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Shifting policing resources to community services
- De facto decriminalization using the Police Act
- Ending police street checks in BC
- Addressing massive gaps in surveillance technology and privacy protections
- Restricting police use of force
- Strengthening police oversight and supporting impacted people.
The BC Police Act review is just one way for us to join our collective voices. The work of demanding a radical change in policing is not over, and the BCCLA is here for the long haul to see these changes through.
Thank you for committing to a better future.
Harsha Walia (she/her)
P.S. The work for systemic change takes creative tactics, energy, and resources. We’re supported by thousands of people across the country who believe in justice and accountability. Join us in seeing these important changes through – donate today.