Police Leaders Call on Ontario Political Leaders to Make Community Safety a Critical Priority in the Run-up to Provincial Election



    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders have called on
political leaders in Ontario to make public safety a key priority as Ontarians
look toward the next provincial election by passing a number of key
resolutions at the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's 56th Annual
Conference in Waterloo Region.

    
    Among the key resolutions resulting from the conference held June 24-27
    were:

    -   Support for the introduction of new regulations to include excessive
        speeds of 50+ kms per hour over the speed limit as a racing category
        offense and tough new penalties (suspension, impounding of vehicles,
        and tough sentencing for convicted offenders),

    -   Renewed call for the Government of Ontario to assume its
        responsibility in taking over the cost of providing court security in
        Ontario,

    -   A Provincial commitment to cost-sharing with police services for the
        provision of Conducted Energy Devices (commonly known as TASERS) to
        front-line police offices, and

    -   Amendments to the Police Services Act to allow for the suspension
        without pay of police officers charged with serious offences not
        related to their performance of duty.
    

    "The communities we serve expect us to address important public safety
issues clearly and boldly," said OACP President Chief Bill Blair. "These and
other community safety priorities need to be discussed and considered very
seriously by those who aspire to be government decision-makers, particularly
in the run-up to the provincial election in October."
    OACP members also debated a proposal to call for the banning of handguns
in Ontario. While keeping handguns out of the hands of individuals or groups
who would use them to do harm is a priority for all police leaders in Ontario,
police leaders agreed that this complicated and important issue requires
careful study and consideration.
    "The OACP will consult police leaders in our provincial, municipal,
regional, and First Nations services to ensure we can provide our best advice
to law makers." said Chief Blair.

    OACP's 2007 resolutions are available on-line at www.oacp.on.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and
Communications, T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22, C. (416) 575-1731, E.
jcouto@oacp.on.ca, 40 College Street, 6th Floor, Suite 605, Toronto, ON, M5G
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