If you have been following the Policedeviance Twitter feed (or provincial news outlets) over the past week, you will know that the proposal to create a regional police service for Greater Vancouver has gained some momentum. The idea to unite the currently-disparate arrangements for policing the municipalities of the Metro Vancouver by creating a single regional police force became a topic of conversation (again) in the wake of the Vancouver Police Department’s endorsement of the recommendations of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. The Commission prepared a report entitled Revisiting the Regionalization Debate: A Dialogue on the Structure and Organization of Policing in British Columbia.
Commissioner Oppal’s list of final recommendations includes the following:
Regional Police Force
I make the following recommendations respecting a regional police force:
9.1 That Provincial Government commit to establishing a Greater Vancouver police force through a consultative process with all stakeholders.
9.2 That Provincial Government establish an independent expert committee to develop a proposed model and implementation plan for a Greater Vancouver police force.
For this unit’s food for thought question:
- Assume that the various stakeholders come to an agreement and decide to adopt the recommendation to create a Greater Vancouver Regional Police Service. The existing policing forces for Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, New Westminster and Coquitlam would be amalgamated, becoming a single regional police organization.
- As part of the amalgamation process, the provincial and municipal governments would have to decide on the accountability structure for this new regional police force.
- Drawing on the resources for Unit 3, write a post that describes the features of an ideal accountability framework for the Greater Vancouver Regional Police Service. Explain your position.
This post is due on February 7.