CPA supports FCM call for front line policing solutions in 2008 Federal Election



    OTTAWA, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Police Association (CPA)
supports concerns raised by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
that Canada's political parties have failed to address the needs of local
policing in their 2008 Election.
    The Police Officer Recruitment Fund, as recently announced in the 2008
federal budget:

    
    - Fails to insure the delivery of the advertised number of front-line
      police officers
    - Fails to provide multi-year, sustainable funding, as called for by the
      CPA, FCM, and other police stakeholders
    

    "Provinces, territories and municipalities are left to assume the
long-term costs of sustaining any additional officers created by the fund. It
also holds no guarantees that any new front-line police officers will be
working in our communities," said CPA President Charles Momy. "The CPA shares
the concern that the impact of downloaded responsibilities and federally
mandated programs on local policing shifts the burden to municipalities and
CPA members."
    During the last federal election, the Federal Conservatives recognized
that resources are limited and municipalities and provinces are struggling to
maintain adequate police services due to increased demands, legislative
requirements, and national security concerns. Among the commitments included
in the Conservative Party's Stand Up For Canada platform during the 2006
Federal Election campaign was the promise to "Negotiate with the provinces to
create a new cost-shared program jointly with provincial and municipal
governments, to put at least 2,500 more police on the beat in our cities and
communities".
    "Unfortunately, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day subsequently entered
into arrangements with the provinces and territories which authorized the use
of these funds for purposes other than the government's promise of 2,500 new
police officers," said President Momy. "Our member associations feel betrayed
that these monies are being diverted from front line policing, and are not
sustainable for the long term. We are calling on all political parties to
commit to reinforcing the program in order to address these shortcomings."

    The CPA is the national voice for approximately 57,000 police personnel
serving across Canada. Through our 170 member associations, CPA membership
includes police personnel serving in police services from Canada's smallest
towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal cities,
provincial police services, members of the RCMP, railway police, and First
Nations police associations.




For further information:

For further information: Charles Momy, President, (613) 231-4168

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