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The RCMP launches a pilot project to collect ethnic data during its interventions

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The RCMP claims to of the fight against systemic racism and discrimination an organizational priority. (Archive photo)

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police announces the launch of a pilot project to collect ethnicity data during wellness checks, arrests and use of force . The aim of the project is to provide better services to marginalized groups.

The project will be implemented works in January in Whitehorse, Wood Buffalo, Alberta and Thompson, Manitoba. It will then continue in British Columbia and Nova Scotia.

The initiative aims to collect, analyze and report on ethnicity data to promote understanding of what people in Indigenous, Black and racialized communities experience in their communities. interactions with front-line RCMP officers, writes the police force in a press release, published Tuesday.

The RCMP explains that it wants to identify the differences in the results of police action in indigenous, black and racialized communities as well as better understand the nature and the extent of systemic racism and its impact on community safety.

The launch of The collection of data on ethnic origin is an important turning point for our organization which aspires to be more modern and more inclusive. This is not about accusing anyone, but about improving our policies, practices and training to better support our employees, emphasizes RCMP Commissioner Mike Duheme.

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The RCMP says the data will be collected for one year, before the findings are made public in summary form and properly de-identified so that individuals cannot be identified.

In Ontario, since January 2020, police officers must report data related to ethnic origin when some interactions.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, police have been collecting this data for years. It was only in 2017, after a CBC investigation, that part of this data was revealed to the public. This revealed that black people were 3.1 times more likely to be stopped.

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