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Media advisory: Halifax Board of Police Commissioners Committee to Define Defunding the Police circulates public engagement questionnaire and details for community consultations

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May 18, 2021

MEDIA ADVISORY: Halifax Board of Police Commissioners Committee to Define Defunding the Police Circulates Public Engagement Questionnaire and Details for Community Consultations

DURATION OF CONSULTATIONS: May 18 – June 30, 2021

About the Committee: In September 2020, the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners appointed Professor El Jones to chair an independent committee that would prepare a report outlining a roadmap for “defunding the police” in HRM. 

For more information on the committee and its work, please see the committee’s terms of reference here: https://www.halifax.ca/sites/default/files/documents/city-hall/boards-committees-commissions/201116bopc831.pdf.

The committee is leading a variety of public engagement processes to fulfill its mandate. These processes include a questionnaire open to HRM residents that asks for their perspectives on the role of policing in their communities. Questionnaire responses will be kept strictly confidential and the results will not be used in any way that will allow anyone to identify respondents. The link to the questionnaire will be open until the end of June.

HRM residents are also invited to participate in an online community consultation session scheduled for June 19, 2021 from 10 AM to 4 PM (ADT). Residents will be invited to speak for 10 minutes to share their perspective on the prospect of defunding the police. Advance sign-up is required, and attendees will be provided the link to the online meeting space ahead of the session. If unable to join the virtual session, submissions can be emailed to defundhrm@gmail.com in written, audio, or video format. 

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