The City of Edmonton and the Edmonton police commission will work together to implement 13 of the 14 recommendations to address discrimination in policing, outlined by the community safety and well-being task force.
Council voted on April 6 to move forward with "quickly actionable" items within 90 days, while a recommendation to freeze police funding will be further analyzed, and reconsidered in early 2022.
The task force was created by council in July 2020, in response to nationwide demonstrations against systemic racism, and a public hearing where dozens of community members expressed concerns with Edmonton’s police force. The task force aims to address racism, discrimination, and excessive use of force in the city's law enforcement agencies.
The task force’s recommendations include anti-racism training for officers, a temporary freeze on increases to the Edmonton Police Service budget, and re-directing the funds budgeted for those increases to other social services, such as social work agencies.