On Commercial Drive, the local Anarchists have been attacking the Community Policing Centre and its participants for a very long time, as well as the BC Probation Office on Commercial Drive, not far from Grandview Park. The main reason that the Anarchists attack the CPC is because of the function that the CPC forms with policing. In fact, the CPC model is so successful that there’s now CPCs all over Canada, since the CPC apparently convinces the local community that the police are part of the community, even when they clearly aren’t, which is the case for the majority of the RCMP.
Recently, it’s been exposed that the majority of Canadians have an even worse opinion of CSIS than they do of the RCMP, and that CSIS itself doesn’t respect the average Canadian citizen</a>. What’s not generally known to the public is that CSIS is overseen by the Security Intelligence Review Committee</a>, or SIRC. SIRC publishes a report each year and generally these a a series of legalese, but one thing that should disturb people is this year’s report.</a>
According to the report, CSIS has started to coerce people into not pursuing a certain action. This is of course in the name of “National Security”. It appears that CSIS is admitting to not being simply a gatherer of intelligence, but a group that actually interferes and manipulates groups from the inside on a regular basis, especially within various ethnic communities. Furthermore, it looks like CSIS will be learning lessons from the CPC, based on this quote from the report:
SIRC</acronym> believes that CSIS</acronym> can improve its outreach program and may be able to draw lessons from the community-policing model. There are valuable lessons to be learned from an approach that emphasizes an interactive, collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between communities and law enforcement.</em>
Successful outreach hinges on obtaining community support and cooperation. Studies have found that the selective use of community capital for national security reasons can easily undermine the fragile trust-based social relationships between local police and communities. Therefore, although increased interaction with ethnic communities clearly holds operational benefits for the Service, outreach does have its complexities and limitations.</em>
So, folks, it looks like in the future, there may be Community Snitching Centres after all, making it easier for you to spy on your neighbours and your neighbours to spy on you.