On July 14, 2020, NS PPWG steering committee member El Jones was asked by Halifax Board of Police Commissioners (“HBPC,” “the Board”) Chair Natalie Borden to lead a committee for the purpose of recommending a definition of “defunding the police.”

n response, we proposed that we convene a committee to tender research and consultation on defunding the police in Halifax. We envision this process as being much broader than simply crafting a definition, as any definition that is not adequately supported by research and consultation will be of limited utility.

Letter to the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners by a recently formed coalition of groups and individuals interested in reforming policing in Nova Scotia. Among other things the group cautions against looking at body cams as an effective way to tackle police violence and call for public access to all HRP operational policies. They also ask that the Board engage in an extensive community consultation regarding systemic racism.