The Winnipeg Police Board is working on a new policy to make police in this city are not biased in their work.
The city is now asking for public feedback on the draft policy ahead of the board’s next meeting on Friday.
Councillor Scott Gillingham, who chairs the board, says the policy is one of seven new policies they are working on.
“In our public consultations, we did hear from specifically one of the community groups, at our indigenous consultation, some matters were raised that there may be a perception of bias,” Gillingham explains. “Because the board has to develop all policies, we determined that this would be a good one to start with.”
MKO Grand Chief Sheila North Wilson walked out of a racism summit earlier this year, citing frustration with police. Gillingham says that incident had nothing to do with the development of this policy.
“We had made a determination, probably last fall, that bias-free policing was one of the policies we could be working on.”
Gillingham adds that if the policy is effective, they will know because they will hear it from the public.