Who’s Controlling the Police?

Who's Controlling the Police?

Are police forces adapting to the demands of modern society, or are they mired in traditions that no longer serve us? Are advances in technology being used to create a safer society or to further limit our personal rights? In light of recent scandals, what are police forces doing to ensure effective information-sharing between the public and law enforcement agencies? Who should investigate police personnel suspected of wrongdoing? Should BC have one consolidated police force?

Policing in 2011 is complex, political and sensitive. How do we go about reforming the police establishment for modern times?



Moderator Claudia Kwan, BA’00; Freelance Journalist
Wallace Gilby Craig, LLB’54; Vice Chair, Canadian Justice Review Board; part time member, Canadian Human Rights Tribunal 2007-2010; BC Provincial Court Judge 1975-2001; author
PanelistBenjamin Goold, BEc, LLB (Tasmania), BCL (Oxford), DPhil (Law) (Oxford); Associate Professor, Peter A. Allard School of Law; Expert Advisor, European Forum for Urban Safety
PanelistFraser MacRae, RCMP Assistant Commissioner; Officer in Charge, Surrey Detachment



UBC Dialogues: Surrey was held on Thursday March 17, 2011, at the Surrey Arts Centre.

Panelist Bios

Claudia Kwan

Vancouver-based freelance journalist Claudia Kwan reports for Global BC TV. She is also a regular contributor to the Vancouver Sun and OpenFile.ca, and has contributed mini-documentaries to CBC Radio. She loves the thrill of the chase involved with hard news stories, as well as the fun involved in features. On October 14th, 2007, she got a tip about an unusual incident occurring at Vancouver International Airport, and was the first journalist to broadcast confirmed details of a man’s death there. That man was Robert Dziekanski.

Claudia obtained a Bachelor of Arts from UBC in International Relations and Chinese History, and then received a Diploma of Broadcast Journalism from BCIT.

Wallace Gilby Craig

Former judge Wallace Craig is the vice chair of the Canadian Justice Review Board, a nonprofit organization which analyses proposed and existing legislation for the benefit of the public. He has recently concluded a three year term as a member of the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. He frequently writes about policing and the criminal justice system.

For more than 25 years, Craig served as a judge in the Criminal Division at the provincial courthouse on 222 Main Street in Vancouver. His memoir, Short Pants to Striped Trousers, the Life and Times of a Judge in Skid Road Vancouver was published in 2003. He was in private practice for 20 years before being appointed to the bench. Craig obtained his law degree from UBC in 1954.

Benjamin Goold

Benjamin Goold is an associate professor in the Peter A. Allard School of Law. From 2003-2009, he was a lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of Oxford and a Fellow in Law at Somerset College. Prior to that, he taught law at the University of Niigata in Japan and criminology at John Jay College in New York.

Goold’s research interests include privacy and human rights and the use of surveillance technology by police and intelligence agencies. His book CCTV and Policing was shortlisted for the 2005 British Criminology Book Prize.

He is currently overseeing a major research project studying undercover policing and covert surveillance practices in the UK, as well as helping the European Forum for Urban Safety develop a charter about the use and regulation of CCTV in Europe.

Goold studied as a Rhodes Scholar while at Oxford.

Fraser MacRae

Fraser MacRae was promoted to Assistant Commissioner in the RCMP in November 2010, from his previous rank of Chief Superintendent. He is the Officer in Charge of the RCMP detachment in Surrey, the largest in Canada with 640 police officers and 250 civilian support staff.

He has served in the North Vancouver, Burnaby, Ridge Meadows, and Surrey RCMP detachments. He also spent 17 years at E Division headquarters, working on a number of high profile crime and drug investigations.

MacRae joined the RCMP in 1976. He and his wife Debbie have three sons and a daughter.

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