Safety and Security

Individuals who are experiencing poverty can have a complicated relationship with the notions of safety and security. The role of law enforcement agencies is to protect communities from things such as gang violence. However, gang violence intersects with factors such as poverty and racism. Racialized individuals who are experiencing poverty may turn to gangs as a way of finding community and safety. Comack and Silver (2006) note that there needs to be a dialogue in order to bridge the divide between communities and police when it comes to safety. Comack and Silver (2006) call on police to not be an outside force that occasionally comes into communities to bring order. Instead, police would be better served to be a "community force engaged in rebuilding" (Comack & Silver, 2006, p.4).

 

Resources

Bridging the Community-Police Divide: Safety and Security in Winnipeg’s Inner City

Ideas presented here do not reflect the COH and the Homeless Hub.