The Street Check Policy and Practise Review project which is sponsored by the Edmonton Police Commission (EPC) is now underway under the lead of Curt Griffiths, Ph.D., School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University.
The EPC is committed to ensuring that the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) street check policies and procedures are fair, appropriate, respectful of all Edmontonians, and that the collection and analysis of street check data is done in a manner that assists the EPS in maintaining the safety and security of the community.
The objective of this project is to assist the EPC in its oversight and governance role and in fulfilling its mandate to help build a safe and inclusive community. This review will ensure that the EPS is using best practises that are tailored for the community.
Two of the major components of the project are interviews and focus groups. These will be conducted with persons from the various communities in Edmonton and also with Members of the Edmonton Police Service. The EPC acknowledges that it is important that the voices of community residents and those of EPS Members be heard and that an opportunity be provided to understand concerns that might exist.
The Commission expects a final report back by March 31, 2018.