TORONTO, Oct. 31 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders and police services
boards today welcomed the commitment by the Government of Ontario to fulfill
its responsibility to pay for court security and prisoner transportation costs
which are costing police services millions of dollars annually and taking
police officers away from core police duties.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) and the Ontario
Association of Police Services Boards (OAPSB) are pleased that the Provincial
Government has committed to begin uploading costs associated with court
security and prisoner transportation beginning in 2012 as part of its response
to the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review released today.
The government has committed to fully upload these costs by 2018.
"While we would obviously have liked the government to fully cover court
security costs and prisoner transportation sooner, we appreciate that the
current economic conditions means that the government must be fiscally
responsible in its planning," said Chief Vern White of the Ottawa Police
Service. "This announcement is a good step in ensuring that police services
can re-focus their resources on core police services."
In September, the OACP and the OAPSB advised Premier Dalton McGuinty that
they had established a joint Committee co-chaired by Chief White and
Emil Kolb, Chair, Region of Peel, to work with the Ontario Government and
municipal stakeholders on the uploading of court security costs and prisoner
transportation. Other members of the Working Group include Chief Ian Davidson
of the Greater Sudbury Police Services and current OACP President, OAPSB
President Mary Smiley and Chair of the Perth Police Services Board, Chief
Mike Ewles of the Durham Regional Police Service, and OAPSB Vice-President
"Our associations will work to keep the uploading of court security and
prisoner transportation costs a priority for the Provincial Government," said
Kolb, who serves as Chair of the Peel Police Services Board. "We look forward
to working closely with the government to ensure police services can deliver
on the public's expectations for core policing services."
For further information:
For further information: Joe Couto, Director of Government Relations and
Communications, Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, (416) 926-0424 ext.
22; Ms. Christina Bisanz, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Police
Services Boards, (905) 717-9059