CPA members elect Charles Momy as new CPA President

    ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, delegates representing 57,000
Canadian Police Association members have elected Charles Momy as the new CPA
President at its Annual General Meeting held in St. John's, Newfoundland and
    "The CPA has taken important strides in its development and has brought
many of our members' issues to federal politicians since 2003", said the new
CPA President Charles Momy. "With the prospect of a federal election around
the corner, I will extend the CPA's influence over the national agenda and
have politicians and Canadians focus on our priorities", he added.
    "It has been a long campaign for everyone involved and I would like to
thank all delegates who participated in this important democratic process. It
is very important that the membership gets involved in the direction this
organization is taking," said newly elected CPA President Charles Momy. "I am
also thankful for the support I received by members from across the country. I
truly appreciate the opportunity they have given me and the confidence that
they have showed in my leadership," he added.
    Charles Momy is taking over from Tony Cannavino who has been President of
the CPA since the former Canadian Police Association and the National
Association of Professional Police were brought together under one banner in
2003. Mr. Cannavino had announced in June 2008 that he would not be seeking
    The Canadian Police Association constitution requires that an election be
held every three years.

    The CPA is the national voice for approximately 57,000 police personnel
serving across Canada. Through our 170 member associations, CPA membership
includes police personnel serving in police services from Canada's smallest
towns and villages as well as those working in our largest municipal cities,
provincial police services, members of the RCMP, railway police, and First
Nations police associations.


    Having worked part time since the age of 15, Charles knew early in life
that his career goal was to become a police officer. He set the wheels in
motion and attended the Algonquin College "Law and Security" program. Between
semesters, he was fortunate enough to work as a Custom and Excise Officer. He
was 19 years old. He quickly learned how importantly border control issues
impact people.
    The creation of a new transitway system in 1983 and the implementation of
a Transit Bylaw Enforcement Section provided Charles an opportunity for
employment as a transitional stage, gaining experience towards his ultimate
career goal. During that time period, he took an interest in employees' rights
and joined the executive of the International Canadian Transit Union. In a
three-year period, Charles was involved in several grievance matters as well
as two strike mandates, serving on behalf of his fellow workers. That was the
beginning of a long history in the Union/Association movement.
    In 1988, he fulfilled his goal of becoming a police officer and joined
the Gloucester Police Force. For the next several years, he worked in a
variety of sections including patrol, surveillance and the detective office.
In 1994, provincial Bill 143 received Royal Assent, which compelled the
amalgamation of three Police Services into one Regional Police Service.
    Charles learned valuable lessons throughout the amalgamation process, a
process which also incorporated several areas policed by the Ontario
Provincial Police. Many of the OPP members entitled to join the then
Ottawa-Carleton Regional Police Service decided to do so. Unfortunately, the
provincial legislation enacting the amalgamation lacked refinement. Although
attempts were made to rectify this source of conflict, issues still persist
today concerning the manner in which those members were treated at
amalgamation. In 2000, the entire region amalgamated into one city, hence the
Regional Police Service became once again the Ottawa Police Service.
    In 1996, Charles was selected by the RCMP Polygraph School as the new
candidate to head the Polygraph Unit. For the next seven years, Charles
conducted French and English Polygraph examinations for the RCMP, the OPP, and
a number of other Police Services in Ontario as well as Quebec. Having gained
a wealth of experience during his career, Charles felt at ease and comfortable
working with a variety of police agencies on both sides of the provincial
    He eventually became a sought-after lecturer/trainer in the art of
interviewing and interrogation skills teaching at the Ontario Police College,
Canadian Police College and the Professional Development Centre of his own
Police Service.
    In 2000, the RCMP requested his assistance to establish a polygraph
program in Belgium as well as select its first students to be trained at the
Canadian Police College in Ottawa.
    During his entire career, he took a keen interest in issues relating to
members' rights. In 2003, after being promoted to the rank of sergeant Charles
requested to be transferred to patrol in order to mentor young officers. He
quickly realized that things had changed dramatically over the years for front
line workers. Members' rights were regularly being violated with no apparent
action to hold individuals accountable. Following consultation with several
members and receiving their support, Charles decided to embark on yet another
challenge - running as a candidate for the position of President of the Ottawa
Police Association against an incumbent with many years his senior. On
December 12, 2003, he received the membership's support and was elected
full-time President of the 4th largest municipal Police Association in Canada.
Today, the Ottawa Police Association represents just over 1,800 civilian and
police members.
    Always keenly interested in federal matters, particularly those related
to policing issues, Charles took another step forward. In 2005, he stood as a
candidate for the position of Director of the Canadian Police Association,
sitting on behalf of the Police Association of Ontario, which represents the
interests of over 32,000 police and civilian members across the province. In
2007, Charles was acclaimed for another two-year term. Since 2003, the Ottawa
Police Association membership, the younger ones and the more senior ones,
police and civilian, has continuously supported him. The Board of Directors
overwhelmingly supports Charles in his endeavor to become the next CPA
President. The OPA Vice President, Steve Boucher, recently stated: "Charles
has the qualities of a born leader, which is rare this day and age, he leads
by example. A prolific speaker in both official languages, he is passionate
about protecting the rights of all police and civilian members working for
police services and cares about the communities they serve."

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