A new report calls attention to the over policing of Black, racialized, and Indigenous people and proposes concrete, proven alternatives that keep communities safer, at a far lower cost.
The report, which is backed by dozens of community service organizations in Toronto, concludes that in a broad range of settings, policing is the wrong tool for improving safety. All too often, policing has deepened systemic injustices, harmed Black, racialized, and Indigenous communities, and failed to make communities safer.
To that end, the report recommends the immediate implementation of non-policing alternatives in four key areas: homelessness, mental health, youth, and gender-based violence. It also calls for the rethinking of police control over the 911 system since the vast majority of 911 calls do not involve violent situations.