My two front teeth… and scads of Federal dollars
Chiefs need feds for national strategies
OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ – In Montreal, Canada’s police chiefs have
wrapped up their 103rd Annual Conference, on the theme “Better Diversity
Management Through Partnership”.
CACP President Deputy Director General Steven Chabot of the Sûreté du
Québec makes it clear that the Chiefs will ratchet up their agencies’
knowledge and understanding of diversity, including ethno-cultural, gender,
sexual orientation, age and special needs.
“We must draw upon the richness of Canada’s diversity, to strengthen the
community’s relationship with police and police agencies themselves,” said
Mr. Chabot. “We are committed to becoming better service providers and better
employers of a diverse workforce.”
In Resolutions adopted by the CACP, the Chiefs are calling upon
governments at all levels to address some pressing community safety issues
that require a national approach.
The Chiefs are asking the federal government to commit resources for a
national strategy on voice communications interoperability among public safety
agencies across Canada. The ability of first responders to communicate using
the radio spectrum is essential, and a strategy to enable full
interoperability of voice communications within ten years was promised by the
federal government in 2005.
Federal and provincial/territorial governments should create a new
national responsibility centre for community safety, health and well-being,
with a mandate to serve as a coordination body for all orders of government
and a resource centre to support community-based partnerships that are working
to achieve safe and healthy communities.
The Chiefs are challenging governments to work together on a national
strategy to reduce poverty, which marginalizes groups in our society and is a
risk factor for victimization and crime.
A resolution adopted by the Chiefs seeks adequate federal funding and
support for First Nations policing, so that First Nations have access to
policing services that meet community needs as well as acceptable quality and
The federal government is asked to provide funding for municipal and
provincial police agencies to implement the National Sex Offender Registry in
their jurisdictions, and to adopt the legislative and software features of the
more comprehensive Ontario Sex Offender Registry.
Along the same lines, federal funding is needed for the provinces to
adopt a single database and a consistent practice in investigations related to
missing persons and unidentified human remains.
All police agencies in Canada are being asked by the Chiefs to adopt the
Canadian Criminal Intelligence Model, so that intelligence and operations can
be aligned strategically among municipal, provincial and federal levels.
On the legislative front, the Chiefs want the federal Justice Minister to
strengthen bail and sentencing provisions in the Criminal Code so that chronic
offenders are incarcerated for longer periods of time.
The CACP officially recognized the Drug Evaluation and Classification
Program, currently under the stewardship of the RCMP, as the sole approved
training for roadside sobriety and drug tests.
In adopting a set of principles for modern policing, the Chiefs are
calling again this year for a common framework to guide policing in Canada.
Policing is a responsibility shared by all orders of government, and for
several years the CACP has expressed concern about the need for clarity around
federal, provincial and local police responsibilities.