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 EPS. 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.
“Chief Knecht and members of the Edmonton Police Service have taken positive steps toward establishing fairness and accuracy of street checks, but the Commission also recognizes the growth of the issue. We want to ensure policies and procedures are fair and equitable to all Edmontonians, and we believe this will be accomplished through a comprehensive third party review.”
Steps taken by EPS include:
The EPS completed an internal review of street check practices in February 2016 which included the following:
- Best practices comparisons to Calgary, Vancouver, Medicine Hat, and Regina police services
- Consulted with several diverse community groups
- Established and delivered street check specific training for officers
- Regular verbal and written progress reports to EPC Governance Committee
If anyone has a complaint about the conduct, service, or policies of the EPS, they can contact Justin Krikler, Edmonton Police Commission Public Complaints Director, at 780-414-7510. Visit the Commission website for more information about the complaint process.