Canadian Police Association members acclaim new President

OTTAWA, May 12 /CNW/ - Delegates representing 41,000 front-line police officers from across Canada today confirmed the acclamation of Mr. Tom Stamatakis as President of the Canadian Police Association (CPA) during the organization's Annual General Meeting, which concludes today in Ottawa.

"I'm honoured by the mandate that has been entrusted me by the members of our Association," said Mr. Stamatakis.  "We have important work ahead of us, ensuring that the priorities of Canada's police community remain front and centre for the newly elected Government."

Mr. Stamatakis has sat on the Board of Directors of the CPA since 2003, and has served as Vice-President of the organization since 2005.  He also serves as President of both the Vancouver Police Union, as well as the British Columbia Police Association. Mr. Stamatakis has taken specialized training and has been an instructor in a number of areas including control tactics, crisis negotiations, surveillance, firearms and crowd control.

"Our front-line police officers and the general public are on the same page, we both want to see more police, visible and active, in our communities, and we want to ensure that they have the tools and resources necessary to do their jobs properly, that's what I'll be advocating for as President of the CPA," said Mr. Stamatakis.

"I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor, Mr. Charles Momy, for his service to our Association, and for his hard work and dedication on behalf of our membership over the past three years."

The CPA is the national voice for 41,000 police personnel across Canada. Membership includes police personnel serving in 160 police services across Canada, from Canada's smallest towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal and provincial police services, and members of the RCMP, railway police, and first nations' police personnel.

A bio for Mr. Stamatakis follows:

Tom Stamatakis graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1986 with a diploma in Administrative Management, Personnel and Industrial Relations and has lived in Vancouver ever since. He joined the Vancouver Police Department in 1990, and completed the Peace Officers Basic Training program at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in August of that year.

He began taking a more active role in the Vancouver Police Union (VPU) in April, 1997 when he was first elected to the VPU Board.  He became Vice-President in 1998 and the Acting President in 1999.  He was acclaimed as President of the VPU in 2000 and has served there since.

Mr. Stamatakis has been a forceful and passionate advocate on behalf of front-line police officers at the local, provincial and federal level, and has served as the Vice President of the Canadian Police Association since 2005. Mr. Stamatakis also serves as President of the British Columbia Police Association (BCPA)

As President of his local Association, Mr. Stamatakis has worked closely with City of Vancouver officials and the Vancouver Police Department management in the negotiation of collective agreements, member grievances and arbitrations.

Mr. Stamatakis has been a Constable with the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) for approximately 19 years, where he enjoyed assignments in the Patrol Section, the Emergency Response Team as a Crisis Negotiator, and the Force Options Training Unit as a Control Tactics and Firearms Instructor prior to his secondment to the VPU.

He was married in 1991 and he and his wife have two children. He enjoys playing hockey and lacrosse, as well as coaching soccer.


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Michael Gendron
Government and Media Relations Officer / (613) 299 - 6516

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