NEWS - New Standard for Police Stops

New BC LogoSlated to take effect in January 2020, BC's Director of Police Services, Brenda Butterworth-Carr, has released new standards aimed at promoting unbiased policing. Sub-section 6.2 of the standards deals with police stops, a term "intended to refer to any interaction between a police officer and a person that is more than a casual conversation and which impedes the person’s movement,”

Further, "The officer must reasonably believe there is a public safety purpose or objective they are attempting to address, and the officer must explain the reason to the person. It is also the responsibility of the officer to take steps to ensure that the person understands their right to not answer questions and to walk away.”

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