Mar 192017

In the wake of civilian shootings and harassment claims on the force, many are calling on law enforcement to change.

Out in the Open explores how police are changing, how some think they should, and how the job changes the human wearing the uniform. 

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The top-of-page photo for the podcast, “How to Change Police” is from the G-20 Summit in Toronto in 2010. When the last bills were paid, Canadians paid roughly $1 billion dollars. Expenses included outrageous boondoggles.   But, the majority of the costs were for security, with the RCMP’s bill coming in at $330 million. . . . Peaceful Protestors, with very good reason to protest, were robbed of their civil rights. A chilling experience. The largest mass arrests in Canadian history happened at the G-20 in Toronto, 2010.

Other countries who hosted G-8 and G-20 Summits, in the same era, paid a fraction of what we paid: Pittsburgh hosted a G20 summit that resulted in no great breaches of public order but whose security-related costs totaled only about $12.2 million (U.S.) — less than 1.5 per cent of the projected costs of the summits in Toronto and Huntsville.

Italy – – similar experience. Costs NO WHERE NEAR what Canadians paid.

There are very good insights in the podcast, not only for Police, but for citizens who need to understand what’s going on.

Canadians need to pay attention, actively, to the state of policing in this country. Sort out what’s good, what’s bad, and find actual solutions. NOW.

Scroll down for descriptions of the stories from this episode.


Police on duty at G20 summit in Toronto, 2010

Police on duty at G20 summit in Toronto, 2010 (Chris Huggins/Flickr/CC)


stories from this episode

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