Police

9.1 Public accountability and independent oversight:

9.1.1 COPE will ensure that the VPD complaints process will be monitored by a completely independent body, with a proper budget and no reporting obligations to the VPD.

9.1.2 COPE will create a civilian-run police complaints system empowered to conduct investigations and order police to co-operate with enforcement decisions.

9.1.3 COPE will also explore ways to support third-party independent, community-led police oversight organizations.

9.2 Reducing and reallocating police spending:

9.2.1 COPE supports a platform of police financing through a participatory community consultation process that prioritizes housing, social services and other essential community services.

9.2.2. COPE will reallocate police resources to ensure full and proper investigation of complaints of male violence against women, in keeping with the full recommendations of the Murdered and Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry.

9.2.3 COPE supports community infrastructures and organizations that help individuals address systemic violence in their communities without sole recourse to police and government authorities;

9.3 More training, better education:

9.3.1 Under COPE, the VPD will engage in regular and frequent mandatory training sessions on current and historic colonial violence in Vancouver, particularly addressing systemic misogyny and racism; COPE WILL support VPD training session that include the voices and priorities of marginalized groups, including but not limited to Sikh, Muslim, Black, Indigenous, First Nations, Metis, Inuit, transgender people, Queer people of colour and other racialized communities.

9.3.2 Under COPE, police will explicitly rely upon and incorporate learning from local grassroots organizations recognized as front-line experts in violence against women, including transgender women.

9.4 End targeting of marginalized groups and visible minorities

9.4.1 COPE will eliminate bylaws that criminalize people who use drugs or target the labouring poor, the mentally ill, muslim, indigenous and other racialized communities, and disadvantaged people, such as vending and jaywalking bylaws.

9.4.2 COPE will call on the VPD to stop harassing homeless people who have to sleep on the street; stop making them pack up their things every day even when it’s raining; stop harassing tent cities, and instead have City workers provide them with garbage pick up, porta potties, clean water until housing is available for all.

9.4.3 COPE will ensure that the City of Vancouver Police takes all necessary measures within its power to prevent their growth of hate groups and stop racial crimes against vulnerable groups in public spaces.

9.4.4 COPE will declare warrants for minor offenses unenforceable for those who are seeking police support against violence and abuse, following the recommendations of the Murdered and Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry;

9.4.5 COPE will ensure that the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) complaints process be monitored by a completely independent body, with no reporting obligations to the VPD.

9.4.6 COPE will make the enforcement of provincial and federal anti- squatting laws the lowest policing priority.

9.5 COPE will submit and support motions compelling the Vancouver Police Board to immediately rescind amendments permitting the Vancouver Police Department to identify and share anyone’s immigration status/non-status.