Edmonton police chief commits to taking action to repair relations with racialized communities

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Part of this new engagement includes holding roundtables with marginalized communities, attending community spaces as requested by the public, conducting surveys, and hosting community walk-alongs and town halls.

“Through this engagement we’re looking at to hear it all, the stories of help, the stories we’ve caused harm, things you think we need to change, process we need to introduce, the programs we need to start,” McFee said.

“We’re going to take it all in, think about it actively, ask questions, get deeper understanding of what we do in the community, listen to the community and truly understand and appreciate the community even more so than we did today.”

The commitment and emphasis on taking action to create change comes on the heels of protests against police violence and systemic racism around the world, including in Edmonton, and public hearings at city council where Edmontonians spoke about their interactions — good and bad — with police.

McFee said a dedicated team has been created to lead the EPS moving forward, and they will re-examine the numerous studies, reports and formal and informal engagements over the past years from marginalized communities.

A new advisory council will provide guidance to EPS as it implements recommendations from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and other reports.

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