Public Statement on Street Check Review – Wednesday, July 12, 2017.
The Edmonton Police Commission has agreed to support a third party review of EPS street checks. The purpose of the review is to determine if the current practice is respectful of all the people served by the Edmonton Police Service. The review will also examine prevailing literature and compare practices across Canada and the Commonwealth with respect to regular police contacts with the community.
In addition, the Commission will review all data gathered since the new street check procedure was implemented in August 2016. This will help measure accuracy and determine if the current state data collection is in line with the existing policy.
I want to recognize Chief Knecht and members of the Edmonton Police Service for the significant steps taken toward establishing fairness and accuracy of street checks to date. They have undertaken numerous activities to streamline and enhance the street check process over the past couple of years.
However, the Commission also recognizes the growth of this issue. We want to ensure EPS policies and procedures are fair and equitable to all Edmontonians, and we believe this will be accomplished through a comprehensive independent review. We are at a very early stage in the process and therefore do not have all of the details established. Our first step is to develop a terms of reference that will provide direction as we move forward.
The Commission is committed to the safety of all Edmontonians. We want Edmonton to be the safest major city in Canada, and for all residents and guests to feel safe and welcome… and to be safe and welcome. For that to happen, we must ensure our police service has the tools to do their jobs, but are respectful of individual rights and freedoms at the same time.