CRITICS SHOULD NOT WORRY, NO MORE STREET CHECKS IN TORONTO

When new rules were put in place about when and how police can stop and interview someone on the street (carding), at this past Toronto Police Service Board meeting, the usual critics came out saying “not enough change, remove all past data, back to the norm and the police service has not done enough to satisfy a few complainers”.  But looking at the new rules and what a police officer has to do to satisfy the decision makers there should be no worry, police in Toronto will stop the street checks.

There are just too many grey areas on what a proper street check is. It is just not worth any police officer going through all the B.S. when stopping someone on the streets. I never thought I would see the day when a police officer stops a possible suspect for any offence and starts asking them questions but first must make it clear to the subject that they do not have to answer any questions. It is very sad, embarrassing and dangerous to the community.

All the checks and balances should be put in place for carding, everyone agrees, but do not make a template where the copper can get into more trouble than the subject being interviewed. It was too easy for the critics of carding to come out and say all carding is wrong. This is just not true. The vast majority of interviews on the streets assisted in investigations and helped all communities when it came to fighting crime.

In the long run the police will stay in their scout cars, they will be very frustrated and confused because all they really want to do is protect the community and put the bad guy away. Now they are forced to protect themselves and watch as crime goes up.

Craig Bromell

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