Policing prioritized over people is wrong

More money is being spent on police services even though crime has dropped in many areas, and in a few municipalities crime has increased regardless of the millions thrown at failing approaches, with the consequences of these policies being felt most by low-income families.

Editor: The Standard

More money is being spent on police services even though crime has dropped in many areas, and in a few municipalities crime has increased regardless of the millions thrown at failing approaches, with the consequences of these policies being felt most by low-income families.

With a new Premier the focus should be on effective leadership, it’s time for our elected officials to realize that creating educated, economically sustainable, healthy families and therefor communities, is a better investment in our Province and country’s future than more prisons and more police.

Low-income families and children are bearing the brunt of misguided policies that have led to an over investment in policing. By shifting our priorities, we can reduce these disproportionate impacts and make a real difference, especially for our Province’s children and families.

William Perry

Victoria, BC