Community engagement starts with asking questions and listening to the answers. When developing this strategic plan, we made every effort to hear from as many community members as possible, while respecting the challenge of COVID-19 restrictions.
A market research firm was hired to survey residents online. In-person surveys were conducted in the Downtown Eastside to receive feedback from people who may not have access to electronic devices.
We asked for input from over 120 external community groups, including other public safety partners, business improvement associations, advocacy groups, and organizations representing diverse members of the community.
The VPD Diversity, Community, and Indigenous Relations Section reached out to over 20 diverse groups representing 2SLGBTQ+, Black, Chinese, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim, and South Asian communities, among others.
The staff who developed this plan are diverse, work in a wide variety of areas, and have different types of experience. VPD employees were surveyed for their knowledge and input, and representatives from our three unions provided input and participated in the consultation process.
This plan reflects the values of the community and the VPD. It will be adapted over the next five years as public safety priorities or community needs change.