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One month after BLM march, Police Chief discusses morale

Many are still calling for the defunding of police as the Black Lives Matter movement continues
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Waterloo Regional Police are using the Black Lives Matter movement as a learning experience to improve their services. 

Police Chief Bryan Larkin told the Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS that they are always looking for ways to better their practices.

"Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. In fact, the biggest room in our organization is for improvement. We have been committed to continuous improvement."

He said their members have been committed to making a change. 

"I do believe our members bring divergent thoughts and bring different ideas to policing, and are committed to making a difference in the community they serve."

On the other hand, Larkin said the community can't lose sight of the work that is being done by the police. 

"305,000 calls for service last year, 16,000 arrests. If you think about that, we socially navigate, we divert, we do business very differently, and our members are committed to that."

He said members continue to do their work but are experiencing challenges when it comes to the context of situations they are responding to. 



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