Chiefs committed to building public confidence

    OTTAWA, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's police chiefs, as the first point
of contact with the justice system, have resolved to take proactive steps
within their own mandates to prevent an erosion of confidence. The need to
build confidence was confirmed by many experts who spoke at the 102nd Annual
Conference, "Confidence in Crisis" held in Calgary this week.
    Dr. Linda Duxbury, one of Canada's leading workplace health researchers,
advised police on attracting people to meet the vacancy crisis as
unprecedented numbers of police officers retire. The Police Sector Council
confirms that policing is low on the list of career choices for young
generations. Police are concerned that confidence will decline if service
levels cannot be maintained. The Insurance Bureau of Canada warned that the
industry's efforts towards prevention and investigations are frustrated when
criminals walk away with short sentences or none at all. Specialists in crisis
management urged police to plan and prepare for crises as diverse as
pandemics, terrorist threats and allegations of police wrong-doing.
    In Resolutions adopted by the CACP, the Chiefs are calling upon
governments to do their part to prevent an erosion of confidence. The Chiefs
continue to press for updated lawful access legislation that would allow them
to intercept encrypted electronic media, and enhanced legal provisions to
counter the threats of organized crime and cyber-crime. DNA analysis is
critical to investigations, but many are delayed because the capacity of the
labs cannot meet demand. The proliferation of electronic crimes is
exponential, leaving law enforcement struggling to keep up with technology and
the special services required to support investigations that cross national
boundaries. The Chiefs are asking governments to enact legislation and provide
adequate funding for these essential police services.
    For their part, police resolved to work with recipients of residential
school settlements to prevent their victimization from frauds and violence,
and to strengthen collaboration in information sharing. One element of
maintaining confidence in a crisis is knowing which order of government, and
which police agency, is responsible for what. The Chiefs again this year are
calling for a common framework to guide Canada's response to community safety
and terrorist threats.

For further information:

For further information: Deputy Director General Steven Chabot,
President, CACP, (514) 598-4422, Email:; Peter
Cuthbert, Executive Director, (613) 233-1106, Email:

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