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Vancouver Police Board’s Statement on the Decriminalization of the Simple Possession of Illicit Drugs

July 10, 2020

The Vancouver Police Board is in unanimous support of the announcement made yesterday by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), endorsing the decriminalization of the personal possession of illicit drugs.

We strongly agree that substance use and addiction should not be a criminal matter, and that the only way to ensure improved outcomes for those living with addiction is through an integrated and health focused approach.

The Vancouver Police Department has long adopted a harm reduction focused approach when interacting with those who experience mental-health or addiction issues, and has been advocating for safe supply as a way to save lives and reduce crime. The Board fully supports the CACP’s recommendations as a way forward on a national level, towards collectively diverting vulnerable communities away from the criminal justice system.

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