CACP Names Advisory Committee for Literacy Initiative

    OTTAWA, June 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Chiefs of
Police (CACP) is pleased to announce the members of its Literacy and the
Police in Canada Advisory Committee. Specialists from various fields will
advise the CACP on how to increase police awareness of literacy challenges
that may be a factor in their interactions with complainants, victims of
crime, witnesses, suspects and the general public.
    Charles Ramsey of Fredericton is retiring as Executive Director of the
National Adult Literacy Database, which in 2002 won Honourable Mention in the
UNESCO International Literacy Awards. Craig Jones of Kingston is the Executive
Director of the John Howard Society of Canada, which operates literacy
programs for individuals re-entering society after serving time in
correctional institutions.
    Sally McBeth has 25 years of experience as a plain language editor,
consultant, adult educator and author who is currently a lead trainer with the
City of Toronto's clear language project and the Ontario Cabinet Office's
clear web writing initiative. Janet Pringle, a plain language writer and
editor based in Calgary, specializes in work on behalf of people who face
literacy barriers and whose civic participation may be limited as a result.
    Deputy Chief Kim Derry of the Toronto Police Service works with
summertime literacy camps for youth and is a member of the CACP Crime
Prevention Committee that is spearheading this work. John Domm is Deputy Chief
of the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, headquartered in Thunder Bay, which
serves the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (Treaty 9) across the north of Ontario.
    Dr. Avis Glaze is the CEO of the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat of the
Ontario Ministry of Education, recognized internationally for her work on
literacy. John Scoville is the Superintendent of Prisons for Newfoundland and
Labrador, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Prevention
Association, and member of the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Working Group on
Community Safety and Crime Prevention.
    "We are privileged that these individuals are bringing their knowledge
and expertise to the work of our Association," said CACP President Jack
Ewatski, Chief of the Winnipeg Police Service. "The courts are placing an
increased responsibility on police when literacy is identified as an issue.
Police must be sure that an accused really understands his or her rights. And
police are on the front-line in communities across Canada, where they can help
to connect community members with literacy services available to them."
    The CACP will develop a resource manual for police that will form part of
an education and training package in print and on-line format. The CACP has
received a $310,000 grant from the National Office of Literacy and Learning,
Human Resources and Social Development Canada, for this 18-month project.

    Chief Jack Ewatski,
    President, CACP

For further information:

For further information: Peter Cuthbert, Executive Director, (613)
233-1106,; Dorothy Ahlgren-Franklin, Co-Chair, CACP Crime
Prevention Committee, (613) 725-1555,

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