The publication of the Know Your Rights with Private Security cards comes after years of conflict between private security guards and marginalized people in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. The cards will help residents better understand their rights and what they can do when their rights have been violated.
Uniformed private security guards are an increasingly visible presence on Vancouver streets. Private security companies operate with nominal formal oversight and guards are often sent out on patrol after less than two weeks of training. People living and working in neighbourhoods patrolled by private guards are generally unclear about who security personnel report to or how to make a complaint against a guard. In spite of these issues, there has been little public debate about the growing role played by private security companies in policing public space.Read more
The police occupy a uniquely powerful role in our society. As public servants sworn to serve and protect the interests of all citizens, they bear the heavy responsibility of enforcing the law in an impartial manner. And as peace officers authorized to carry weapons and use force in the course of their duties, they bear the equally heavy responsibility of exercising their powers within the limits of the rights and freedoms central to our democratic society.Read more