Wortley Report Recommendations Update
September 30, 2020
The Halifax, Nova Scotia: Street Checks Report, also known as the “Wortley Report” was commissioned by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. It completed by Dr. Scot Wortley and released in March of 2019. Dr. Wortley examined the relationship between race and street checks in Halifax Regional Municipality and made several recommendations related to banning or regulating street checks, data collection and improving police community relations.
Many stakeholders were included in the recommendations, including the Halifax Regional Police (HRP) the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Department of Justice (DOJ), NS Human Rights Commission (NSHRC) and the Halifax Board of Police Commissioners (BOPC) because each has a role to play The BOPC is releasing the details of the progress on these recommendations for HRP and RCMP.
When reviewing the tracking document below, please note the following:
• The document includes the recommendations on banning street checks, data collection and police community relations.
• Since street checks were banned by the Minister of Justice in October 2019, the recommendations for regulating street checks have not been included.
• The document encompasses the actions undertaken on the recommendations that were the responsibility of BOPC, RCMP and HRP.
• It is not appropriate for the BOPC to comment on the recommendations that were the responsibility of others, so no comments/updates or status have been included for these recommendations.
• Some of the recommendations have been marked as complete, but some of those related to training, engagement, recruitment and improving cultural competency will be ongoing multi-year commitments.
A significant amount of work has occurred and continues to occur in response to the Wortley Report. This would not have been possible without the BOPC, RCMP and HRP being committed to working together to address the findings of the report, and the BOPC thanks all for their continued efforts.
This update does not signify the end of the work but does provide a different perspective under which policing is planned and implemented in HRM. This means that while some of the recommendations may be marked as complete, there has been a shift in thinking that will be incorporated as part of our work, and the work of the HRP and RCMP in future. Policies, processes and decisions have been impacted by this report, and the BOPC will continue to work within its mandate with its policing partners to ensure that this continues.
This is an unprecedented time of social justice reform and the Wortley Report is one part of the work that needs to be done. The BOPC will continue to work with HRP, RCMP and other stakeholders bring about meaningful change and equitable treatment of all residents of HRM.
Wortley Report Recommendations Tracking Document [PDF]