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New West police urged to make strategy consultation meetings more inclusive (BCCSU)

The New Westminster Police Department held four public engagement sessions between Sept. 16 and 21 to help guide its forthcoming strategic plan. (Photo Credit: newwestrecord.ca)
The New Westminster Police Department held four public engagement sessions between Sept. 16 and 21 to help guide its forthcoming strategic plan. (Photo Credit: newwestrecord.ca)

The New Westminster Police Department needs to do a better job including marginalized voices in its public engagement as it forms its upcoming strategic plan, according to attendees of a community consultation meeting.

After closing its online survey in June, the NWPD held public consultation meetings at the New Westminster Public Library on Sept. 16, 17 and 21 to help form the strategic plan for the coming years.

She pointed to a recent report by the B.C. Centre on Substance Use that found policing strategies in the Downtown Eastside tend to create barriers to drug users attending life-saving overdose prevention sites.

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