Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta to Survey Groups as It Drafts Guidelines on Police Street Checks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta to Survey Groups as It Drafts Guidelines on Police Street Checks

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Alberta launches survey on police carding

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EDMONTON - The Alberta government will launch community consultations later this month to help draft new guidelines around the controversial practice of police street checks.

Community groups across the province will receive a written survey that includes questions about how police interact with the public, collection of personal information and officer training.

Participants will have six weeks to provide their responses.

Street checks, also known as carding, are criticized by some human rights and advocacy groups who argue they disproportionately target certain ethnic groups.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says goal is to draft a provincial guideline to ensure the rights of the public are respected, while still allowing community policing that engages with the public. …

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