On July 8, the SPVM released its new policy on street checks, months after a report found evidence of systemic racism in the Montreal police department. Despite calls from the city council and a number of community groups, the policy falls short of imposing a permanent ban on the practice. Instead, it's introducing a new set of rules intended to end racial profiling and ensure "arrests based on observable facts."\n"Today, the SPVM becomes the first police force in Quebec to adopt such a policy," said the director of the SPVM, Sylvain Caron in a statement.\nA street check is a practice where police stop a person in public, question them, and record their personal information.\nUnder the new policy, officers will have to follow a set of rules before they stop people in the street.\nPolicy checks must be done "based on observable facts and without discriminatory grounds," reads the statement.\nAn individual cannot be stopped based on their "ethnocultural identity, religion, gender, identity, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status," it continues.\nIn the statement, the SPVM acknowledges the stark and persistent discrimination experienced by minorities at the hands of the police and promises change.\n"I assure you that this is not an end in itself," stated Caron.\nLe #SPVM présente sa Politique sur les interpellations policières. Elle vient établir qu’une interpellation doit être fondée obligatoirement sur des faitsobservables et sans motifs discriminatoires.La politique et les mesures qui l’accompagnent : https://t.co/ZgTyhxJmYw pic.twitter.com/OCippvCYWf— Police Montréal (@SPVM) July 8, 2020\n"There is still work to be done, I am well aware of that. This policy will continue to evolve over time. We will still be flexible and open."\nThe new policy was developed after 160 external consultations with members of a number of community groups. It will come into effect in the fall.\nThe October 2019 report from the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur la diversité et la démocratie revealed issues of systemic racism within the Montreal police department.\nView this post on Instagram Crime scene.. ⏳🚨⚖ #crimescene #justice #investigation #policework #clue A post shared by Montreal police department (@montrealpolicedepartment) on Jun 23, 2020 at 1:13pm PDT\nThe report contends that racial profiling is endemic to the Montreal police department and outlines complaints made for years by minority groups who have said they were unfairly singled out by officers.\nIt also showed that Black people and Indigenous people in the city are five times more likely to be stopped by officers than others.\nNova Scotia banned street checks last year after the practice was deemed illegal.