Vancouver Police New Community Safety Personnel Program

Reposted from Vancouver Media Coop: 

http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/blog/indyvan/21117

From the VPD Swine’s Website:

COMMUNITY SAFETY PROGRAM

“The Vancouver Police Community Safety Program is a three-year pilot project, running from 2013 to 2016. The Community Safety Unit is comprised of 42 special constables (20 full-time and 22 auxiliary members), one staff sergeant, two sergeants and one constable.”

Community Safety members are distinct and separate from regular police members, and they are considered to be a unique element of the police department. The primary purpose of Community Safety personnel is to assist the Vancouver Police Department and enhance service delivery in the community by:

  • assisting with lower-level, lower-risk tasks, as directed, to alleviate regular police officers from such tasks, thereby providing regular police officers with more capacity to serve the community and to maintain high visibility while patrolling neighbourhoods
  • assisting the Vancouver Police Department at community and public events by providing a visible presence to the community, to promote safety and security, where the presence of a regular police officer is not required
  • acting as a liaison between regular police officers and the community, as appropriate, to ensure the Vancouver Police Department continues to effectively serve citizens in Vancouver
  • assisting police officers in order to maximize their available proactive policing time

HISTORY OF SPECIAL CONSTABLES

From Wikipedia:

“Special Constables were used extensively in Canada prior to the Second World War to quell labour unrest. After the war, industrial relations became far less militant and many of the larger urban police forces created permanent auxiliary units.

The most notorious use of Special Constables in Canadian history was during the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. The entire Winnipeg police force was dismissed because its members refused to sign an anti-union pledge and was replaced by a much larger and better paid force of untrained Special Constables explicitly to end the strike and the police union.”

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Revolt in Burgos, Spain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=SMIEyNkyoMs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xjPtkk7w0XY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=TZ4hzz9qOKs
On Friday, January 10, police attacked a march of 3000 people protesting a gentrifying construction project in the working class neighborhood of Gamonal, Burgos. In response, people began rioting, building barricades, destroying construction equipment, attacking banks and police.
Rioting continued the following day after a protest of 1,500 in solidarity with the first day’s arrestees.
On Sunday the 12th, 3000 people took to the streets again demanding the release of the over 40 people arrested by police so far.
Rioting and attacks also occurred the fourth consecutive night, January 13.
On the morning of January 14, 300 people gathered and blocked the construction equipment from arriving at the work site.
Photos
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/478228/index.php
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/478130/index.php
http://barcelona.indymedia.org/newswire/display/478157/index.php

Brazil: Introduction to Black Bloc

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For those who do not understand why black bloc activists use militant tactics to destroy the property of corporations: black bloc activists are not protesters! They are not out there to protest! They are out there to carry out direct action against symbols and mechanisms of oppression. Their actions are aimed at causing material damage against oppressive institutions.

However, even more importantly, they act with performative intent so as to illustrate dramatically that people have the power even when they’re faced with the overwhelming force of a police state; that corporations and institutions are not as powerful as they would like to convince us, and when they try to deter us it’s really in our hands to resist.

Since they insist on attacking us, let us challenge authority and subvert the order and the laws. This does not mean that we should abandon ethics, humanity, or quit supporting one another. These are vital lessons that people should remember now more than ever. The police blatantly disregard the rights of human beings. To them, people are only a docile mass, easily controlled and manipulated.

Most would agree that those in Power should fear the people, and apparently they have lost this healthy fear; thus militant activism is the effort to keep this threat alive—because conducting sit-ins and waving placards never will.

The more we forget we hold the power to rebel against anyone who tries to dominate us, the more they dominate us.