By Liz Monteiro
WATERLOO REGION — Local police officers stop citizens on the streets and get personal information when they suspect suspicious behaviour, says Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin.
In Waterloo Region, it's known as "street checks," he said.
But randomly stopping people on the street — a practice known as "carding" in Toronto and other urban areas — is not a police tactic used here, he said. "The context of walking down the sidewalk and all of a sudden an officer appears and says, 'Who are you? Give me your name and number and, by the way, I'm submitting a content card.' That is not a regular operation for us," he said.
The issue of carding has gained traction this week when Toronto Mayor John Tory said he wants to end carding and plans to go before the city's police board on June 18 to call for the elimination of the practice.