Vancouver Police Department’s Carding Practices Being Reviewed by Ex-Police Officer

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The Vancouver Police Department’s practice of carding, which drew national attention after anti-carding activist Desmond Cole was carded while visiting the city to speak on black racism in Canada at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is being reviewed by Pyxis Consulting Group. Vancouver Police Board announced earlier this month:

After receiving a report about street checks from the VPD, in response to a Service and Policy Complaint filed by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and BC Civil Liberties (BCCLA), the Vancouver Police Board ordered an additional, independent review at its meeting on Sept. 26, 2018.

The Board is pleased to announce that it has finalized a contract with Pyxis Consulting Group Inc. to conduct the review. Work will begin in January and is set to be completed by July 2019. 

The company’s owner and president is Ruth Montgomery, a former Edmonton police superintendent who conducted a review of the Edmonton Police Department’s a carding practice in 2018. There is a danger that the Montgomery’s past as a member of law enforcement will preclude meaningful discussion between communities who are subjected to street checks and the Pyxis Consulting. This concern was expressed by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association’s and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the latter will be participating in the review in a yet to be defined role.