COPS OUT OF SCHOOL PRESS RELEASE
BACKGROUND INFORMATION & DOCUMENTS
VSB School Liaison Officer: Student and Stakeholder Engagement Program
The call to remove VPD officers from all Vancouver Schools began in the summer of 2020, leveraged by the widely-supported Police Free Schools are Safer Schools petition, endorsed by over 2800 individuals and organizations. In response, VSB contracted Argyle Communications Inc. to conduct a third-party review of the SLO program.
About the Anti-Oppressive Educators Collective (“AOEC”)
The Anti-Oppression Educators Collective (AOEC) is a provincial specialist association within the BC Teachers’ Federation, dedicated to challenging systemic oppression in education. AOEC provides educators with critical professional development provided through AOEC events such as the annual October provincial PSA day and digital publications.
About Cops out of Schools
Cops out of Schools is a group of parents, educators, and community members working towards two goals: (1) Immediate end to School Liaison Officer programs, and (2) Community-led programs that take a restorative and trauma-informed approach to creating safety and well-being for all students, particularly Black and Indigenous students. They are primarily based in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil Waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) territories (Vancouver) and support other districts in removing police from schools.
About Pivot Legal Society
Pivot Legal Society is a leading Canadian human rights organization that uses the law to address the root causes of poverty and social exclusion in Canada. Pivot’s work includes challenging laws and policies that force people to the margins of society and keep them there. In 2020, Pivot wrote to Vancouver School Board Trustees and Superintendent in support of the petition “Police Free Schools are Safer Schools: The end of policing in Vancouver schools.”
About the Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association (VESTA)
The Vancouver Elementary School Teachers' Association is a sub-local of the BC Teachers’ Federation (Local No. 39-1). VESTA recognizes that teachers have a role to play in our schools and our lives unlearning racism and developing anti-racist practice and has called for the suspension of the School Liaison Officer program. VESTA recognizes that incarceration, police violence, racial profiling, and criminalization all impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour disproportionately.