Calgary police criticized over "Valencrimes" cards

Feb 15 2020, 4:09 pm

Some are criticizing the Calgary Police Service over Valentine’s Day cards it tweeted out featuring people accused of crimes.

The force tweeted a series of “Valencrimes” cards featuring photos of wanted individuals with their descriptions, what they’re accused of, and lyrics from popular songs.

One featured a 23-year-old woman named Jennifer, and a line from J-Lo’s famous song “Jenny from the Block.”

But for many, the joke didn’t land.

People took to Twitter to say the “Valencrimes” cards were in bad taste, especially when targeted at people who are already marginalized.

Const. Mark Smith, a digital communications officer with the Calgary police, tweeted that the campaign also got lots of positive feedback, and suggested people shouldn’t commit a crime if they “can’t handle the heat.”