By LYNNE STONIER-NEWMAN
Lynne Stonier-Newman here, author of Policing A Pioneer Province: The British Columbia Provincial Police 1858 – 1950.
Writing that book taught me that effective law and order is maintained well when local folks and constables work cohesively, and respectfully, together. As well, when the local govornment’s involvement includes a municipal police board with teeth, it enables arm’s-length formal and informal evalations of police personnel, their related civilian staff and contractors.
That gives better local information about policing costs and decisions re expenditures.
The British Columbia Police Act of 1973, and its revisions, are long stale-dated, in my opinion. As is police constables carrying 44 pounds of gear, wearing out his or her knees, and perhaps patience, to conform with archaic administrative, military-based decisions.
Note, this is not my plea to return to a provincial police force as I respect that the BC Legislative Special Committee will investigate all options and make astute recommendations. After all, policing is a provincial responsibility as spelled out in BC’s Statutes of joining the Dominion of Canada on July 20, 1871.
Please participate in this critical and comprehensive survey and help to create the policing parameters for British Columbia’s future.
Also, pass it on, have your family individual and each friend. Note that your answers do not have to be sentences, point form works as does missing questions when you do not have an opinion. Another tip is to request a copy of your answers be sent back to you before you push send as copying questions and answers before returning the survey is not feasible.
ONLINE SURVEY IS AVAILABLE AT:
Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act – Survey
From the British Columbia MLAs on the Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act
The Special Committee on Reforming the Police Act (“Committee”) is looking at policing in British Columbia and related systemic issues. The Committee is interested in hearing from individuals about their lived experiences and frontline perspectives, as well as challenges and opportunities for improving policing in the province. British Columbians are invited to complete this survey form to provide input to the Committee’s work. Please note that the Committee cannot comment on the merits of specific complaints or investigations.
Deadline for participation is Friday Sept. 3, 2021 at 5 p.m.
The survey includes several open-ended questions. You will have the option of uploading a document with your responses or filling out a text box for each question. Click here to preview the survey questions.
Please note all survey questions are optional.
As applicable, please include any relevant information explaining the context of your responses (e.g. is your response related to experiences with mental health, addictions, harm reduction, homelessness, gender-based violence, discrimination and/or systemic racism).
If you require assistance or alternative arrangements in completing the survey, or have questions about participating, please contact the Parliamentary Committees Office at 250-356-2933 (toll-free in BC at 1-877-428-8337).
For more information about the consultation, visit the Committee’s website.
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Participants’ responses will be viewed by staff in the Parliamentary Committees Office and by Committee Members. The information provided will be used to inform the Committee’s work and recommendations to the Legislative Assembly and may be included in the Committee’s report. The information will not be linked to individual participants by name and will be incorporated into the report so as not to reveal an individual’s identity. Individual responses will not be publicly posted, and names of participants to the survey will not be included in the Committee’s report.
Lynne Stonier-Newman is an author and long-time Kamloops resident.