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Safer communities, healthy neighbourhoods and vibrant environments

July 15, 2014

Safer communities, healthy neighbourhoods and vibrant environments


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On July 15th, UARR President Gary Pieters was interviewed on CityNews about the TAVIS relationship with diverse communities.

But it is the way TAVIS officers approach some young people in the city that has some critics looking for major changes in the program. Gary Pieters, of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, said “Don’t simply approach our young people and question them in a way that make them feel under suspicion. But try to work with the community ahead of time, attend community events (and) meet with community elders.” (See 01:40 – 01:52 of the video report entitled TAVIS officer discusses success in downtown core)

Mr. Pieters explained UARR position that the TAVIS rapid response method of policing is unacceptable in its current form in how policing is conducted towards racialized youth, and racialized communities.

UARR believes that what is needed is community policing that is populated in communities on a long term basis, knows the community, builds positive relationships with the members of the community and partners with the community on community safety initiatives.

Our young people deserve safer communities, healthy neighbourhoods and vibrant environments to learn, play, live, work and achieve their full potential.

There is urgency for a progressive approach to fostering healthy neighbourhoods that address the well-being of our young people in all indicators including education, housing, employment, mental health, access to public spaces, conflict resolution and behaviour in order to prevent and correct aggression and violence from becoming an obstacle to reversing concentrated neighbourhood disadvantage in our priority neighbourhoods.

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