Police Leaders call for roundtable on Federal Funding Commitment



    OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ - In a joint letter issued today, the
presidents of the Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB), Canadian
Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and Canadian Police Association (CPA),
have asked Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day to immediately convene a
roundtable meeting of the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers,
along with representative of the CAPB, CACP, and CPA, to commence discussions
on developing a long-term sustainable cost-sharing arrangement for additional
police officers.
    During the 2006 Federal Election, the Conservative Party committed to
negotiate with the provinces to put at least 2500 more police officers on the
streets of our communities. This promise recognized the growing pressures on
front-line police and the urgent need for additional police resources in our
communities.
    Despite many attempts to move this issue forward with Federal Public
Safety Minister Stockwell Day, a formal process has yet to be engaged. On
Saturday March 24, 2007, representatives of the three national organizations,
representing policing in Canada, met in Ottawa to discuss current priorities.
These representatives re-affirmed their commitment and determination to work
with the Federal and Provincial governments to achieve the addition of at
least 2500 new front-line police officers in Canada.
    The letter calls upon Minister Day to adopt a leadership role in
delivering upon this commitment, as quickly as possible.



    March 28, 2007
    The Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister Public Safety Canada
    340 Laurier Avenue West
    Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0P8

    Dear Minister:

    We are writing in follow-up to our joint correspondence of September 25,
    2006, and your response of December 2006. Since the 2006 Federal
    election, our organizations and provincial Ministers have made many
    attempts with you and your officials to move this issue forward however a
    formal process has yet to be engaged.

    On Saturday March 24, 2007, representatives of our three national
    organizations, representing policing in Canada, met in Ottawa to discuss
    current priorities. These representatives re-affirmed our commitment and
    determination to work with the Federal and Provincial governments to
    achieve the addition of at least 2,500 new front-line police officers in
    Canada.

    In addition, these representatives of the Canadian Association of Police
    Boards, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, and Canadian Police
    Association directed that we call upon you, as Minister of Public Safety
    and Emergency Preparedness for Canada, to immediately convene a
    roundtable meeting of the Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Ministers,
    along with representative of the CAPB, CACP and CPA, to commence
    discussions on developing a long-term sustainable cost-sharing
    arrangement for this new program.

    Mr. Minister, we welcomed your government's commitment in January of 2006
    to negotiate with the provinces to put at least 2,500 more police
    officers on the streets of our communities. This promise recognized the
    growing pressures on front-line police and the urgent need for additional
    police resources in our communities. We urge you to adopt a leadership
    role in delivering upon this commitment, as quickly as possible.

    Sincerely,

    


    ---------------          ---------------         ---------------
    Tony Cannavino           Jack Ewatski            Ian Wilms
    CPA President            CACP President          CAPB President

    c.c.: Prime Minister Stephen Harper
    




For further information:

For further information: Ian Wilms, President, Canadian Association of
Police Boards, (819) 682-1440 , Fax: (819) 682-4569, jlanzon@capb.ca; Jack
Ewatski, President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, 1 (204)
986-6055, Fax. (204) 986-6037, cacp@cacp.ca; Tony Cannavino, President,
Canadian Police Association, c/o Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, (613)
231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516, pcollin@cpa-acp.ca

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