Reallocating Policing Resources to Support Community Safety
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Over the summer, tens of thousands of Calgarians protested in our streets and engaged publicly in calls for reforms to policing in Calgary. During a historic meeting of the Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services on July 7, 2020, we heard from an expert panel and over 165 citizens. They spoke about the systemic racism faced by Black, Indigenous and Persons of Colour in our community and the shifts required to build a community that is safe, inclusive and equitable for all of our citizens.
I believe that when Calgary Police Chief Neufeld addressed Council, during the September 10, 2020 Special Meeting of Council with the Calgary Police Commission and the Calgary Police Service, he demonstrated a significant willingness to listen and address these issues. Chief Neufeld spoke frankly about the importance of sharing resources to better serve Calgarians and I support the work that the Calgary Police Service has committed to.
On Monday, November 2, I will put forward a Notice of Motion to Council that is about investing in community programs, partnerships, and projects that support the safety and wellness of all of our citizens and communities.
The Motion asks our Administration to work with the Calgary Police Service to develop a Community Safety Investment Framework that addresses gaps in: crisis services for individuals, their families and support networks; outreach services; and the emergency response system in Calgary, including any gaps in racially and culturally appropriate services.
It further asks Administration to report back, as a part of the budget process in November 2020, for Council to consider the reallocation of up to $10 million in 2021 and a further $10 million in 2022 from the existing police budget to support implementation of the Framework.
As we tighten our belts during unprecedented economic uncertainty, we must find efficient ways of spending taxpayer money while we continue to work to keep all Calgarians safe. This Notice of Motion aims to do exactly that.
Please click below to read it:
Notice of Motion: Reallocating Policing Resources to Support Community Safety
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