Police Chiefs to Release Political Party Responses to Critical Policing Issues

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario's police leaders will release the responses of the Ontario Liberal Party, Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, and New Democratic Party to four critical issues impacting the delivery of policing services in Ontario on Monday, September 19.

"It is integral for Ontario voters to understand the key issues impacting policing and our ability to meet the safety needs of our communities. During this provincial election, OACP is committed to equipping voters with this important information before they head to the polls on October 6th," said Chief Matt Torigian (Waterloo Regional Police Service), President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP).

Chief Torigian noted that safe, liveable communities play a critical role in the quality of life Ontarians enjoy.

"Good hospitals and schools, a strong economy, and all the other things that make our province a great place to live in are dependent on community safety," said Chief Torigian. "But it's equally important that Ontarians can count on strong and accountable police services when it comes to community safety. Citizens also need elected lawmakers who are committed to addressing critical public safety and justice issues in partnership with Ontario's police leaders."

The OACP has identified the following four issues impacting all police services and communities in Ontario and will unveil the parties' responses to these issues on September 19:

1.   Sustainable Provincial Funding for Policing Programs

Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to sustainable funding for programs that provide police services and our communities with funding for police officers (CPP, 1000 Officers Program) in perpetuity and ensure that funding for such programs have a COLA (cost of living adjustment) component?"

  Sustainable Provincial Funding for Community Safety Programs

Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to providing permanent funding for critically important specialized programs such as TAVIS, PAVIS, the Provincial Strategy for the Protection of Children Against Internet Exploitation, and other programs?

  Commitment to supporting professional policing as the preferred policing option for the people of Ontario

Ontario's Police Leaders Ask:  "Will your party commit to initiating a legislative/regulatory review of Special Constables in Ontario within 120 days of the 2011 Provincial Election as requested by Ontario's police leaders in OACP Resolution 2007-02 and the OACP White Paper Report on Special Constables in Ontario (June 2009)? Is your party committed to supporting professional, publicly-funded policing for "core" policing for the people of Ontario?"

  A Summit on "Policing in Ontario"

Ontario's Police Leaders Ask: "Will your party commit to organizing and funding a major summit on the future of policing in Ontario? This would be a comprehensive review of the meaning of "core policing" for publicly funded police services. The Terms of Reference would include core duties and responsibilities, community expectations, appropriate oversight/accountability, the transition to community mobilization and peacekeeping model of policing, measurable outcomes and what would be required to support it (sustainable funding, legislation, regulations, adequacy standards, two-tiered policing, etc.). We need to shape the future of publicly funded policing in the Province of Ontario."

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SOURCE Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police

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Joe Couto
Director of Government Relations & Communications

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