Oppal Report Recommends Changes to Policing

Fragmentation of policing services in the Lower Mainland is seen as the main contributing factor in the disappearance of women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, according to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

Overall, Justice Oppal made a total of 65 recommendations in the Inquiry's final report.  To avoid political interference, the Inquiry recommended that the Mayor no longer serve as the chair of the police board, but instead sit as an ex officio member of the board with no voting authority.

The Province has not committed to implementing any of the recommendations outlined, however, some of the measures may be included in the Provincial policy on police services that is under development.

Creation of a Greater Vancouver police force is seen as an important step in preventing future serial predators from operating in the Lower Mainland.  It is proposed that an independent expert committee be established to develop a model and implement a plan for a Greater Vancouver police force. 

Changes to local Police Boards were identified as necessary to ensure greater community representation and independence from municipal and provincial politics. New measures would be required to ensure broader community representation on local police boards from vulnerable and marginalized members and Aboriginal peoples.

A multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency response to crime is seen as essential to dealing with major crime in the future. Having provincial standards in place for major police investigations and a framework for timely and seamless implementation when multi-agency teams are dealing with major case investigations.

Creation of a regional real-time crime centre focused on gangs, organized crime and emerging crime issues was identified as an important tool to enhance the capacity of regional crime fighting.

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