November 17, 2020 (Calgary, AB) Ward 11 Councillor Jeromy Farkas is calling on Calgarians to defend the Police and sign a petition urging City Council to reverse its proposed cuts to the Calgary Police Service.

“Calgarians have spoken loudly and clearly in favour of public safety and investment in our essential services. It’s time to stand up for our frontlines,” said Farkas.

 

Farkas has been a staunch advocate for public safety and police accountability, and recently squared off with several council members during the recent debate to defund the Police budget.

 

He has proposed that instead of cutting the Police, that money for social supports should come from low priority areas such as bike lanes, public art, or communications.

 

“Now more than ever, it’s critical for Calgarians to come together in solidarity with our Police. I am asking Calgarians to sign this petition to show Council that the safety and security of our city must be our top priority,” Farkas continued.

 

Calgarians have a once-per-year opportunity to speak directly to City Council during the upcoming November 23rd public hearing on the budget. To participate by phone or to attend in person, please contact publicsubmissions@calgary.ca for more information.

 

The proposed reductions will hamper public safety, reduce response to calls, set back diversity efforts by eliminating positions, and reduce accountability by cutting the body-worn camera program.

 

“Now is the worst possible time to take more funding away from our front-line who are already stretched thin in the face of an addictions and mental health crisis and rising social disorder and violence. If enough Calgarians speak up, we can ensure that Council avoids making this critical mistake,” concluded Farkas.

 

The petition can be viewed here: https://www.jeromy.ca/defend_our_police_petition

 

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