For immediate release
July 8, 2020
VICTORIA, B.C. – In response to the provincial government formally striking the all-party committee to review the Police Act and engage with experts and communities, B.C. Green Party interim leader Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich-North and the Islands released the following statement:
“The B.C. Green Caucus welcomes the creation of a special committee to review the Police Act. We look forward to participating in a process that is informed by broad consultation with experts in community policing and community advocates who have done years of invaluable work to raise awareness of structural racism in policing.
“It is imperative that this is a comprehensive review of all policing throughout the province. The terms of reference are clear that the committee will be canvassing all of the various agreements, recognizing the diverse range of contracts for rural and urban areas. We need to examine the full depth of policing activity in British Columbia, and the roles and responsibilities of law enforcement.
“This is just the beginning - and it must be more than just a review. Government must be prepared to accept the recommendations from this committee, and commit to making the important and necessary structural changes in our systems.”
Media contact JoJo Beattie Press Secretary B.C. Green Caucus +1 250-882-6187 | firstname.lastname@example.org