MPP Mitzie Hunter (Scarborough-Guildwood) was joined by the Hon. Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services tonight, at a community meeting on police street checks. The community consultation, held at the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, gave residents of the riding an opportunity to voice their concerns about the issue.
The Ontario government launched its public consultations on street checks to ensure that police interactions with the public are conducted for legitimate reasons, without bias, consistently, and carried out in a manner that promotes public confidence.
“My role is to connect with my constituents, bring their concerns forward and create an inclusive space for members of the community to contribute to the consultation process”, said Hunter. “Lack of legitimacy and bias in the application of street checks is wrong. The result is a breakdown of trust that is harmful to the community and counter-productive for law enforcement. Re-building that trust is essential to building safer communities.”
The province is asking community organizations, policing partners, academics, civil liberty organizations and members of the public for input on this issue.
An online document is available and individuals who have experience with street checks are encouraged to provide feedback.
Ensuring that all citizen interactions with the police in Ontario are consistent and respectful is part of the government's plan to create a fair and inclusive society.
Keesha Bell, Constituency Director
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