SAINT JOHN, NB, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - At the 21st annual general
meeting of the Canadian Association of Police Boards (CAPB) in Saint
John, New Brunswick, on Friday, August 20th, CAPB members
approved eight resolutions. These included a resolution recognizing that
police agencies throughout Canada depend on reliable, comprehensive
demographic statistical information provided by Statistics Canada to
establish policing priorities and to determine policing services for
their communities. Further, the resolution notes that the Government of
Canada is constitutionally responsible for the periodic collection and
dissemination of such statistical information. The long form census
used by Statistics Canada is the basic tool for gathering the necessary
statistical information while protecting the confidentiality of such
information. The Canadian Association of Police Boards, however,
supports the decriminalization of the mandatory long form census.
The resolution directed that CAPB request the Government of Canada to
restore the mandatory long form census for the collection of census
information by Statistics Canada while conveying to the Government,
CAPB's support of the decision to remove the provision of imprisonment
for anyone who fails to participate in the mandatory long form census.
A second important resolution recognizes the financial constraints
facing the federal government as well as other orders of government. At
the same time, however the CAPB believes that the federal government
must make sure that budgetary decisions and legislative changes do not
have an adverse impact on municipal police services, such as increasing
costs to them. The CAPB believes it would make eminent sense if every
order of government committed to a coherent and consistent strategy to
control costs as there is only one taxpayer.
The resolution calls on the federal government to undertake the
following actions to assist police boards and their funding
Maintain existing commitments to facilitate long-term planning and
avoid a sudden impact on local police service budgets;
Partner with the CAPB and other involved groups to identify and 'fast
track' legislation that would assist local police boards to control
costs and/or increase efficiency;
Introduce a 'viability' or 'means' test for any new federal
legislation or regulation to avoid any additional 'download' cost to
local police boards, the 'viability' test to be based on the principle
of 'if there are additional costs - who pays and how' and
Avoid any federal actions or budget decisions that will have the
impact of increasing local police service costs.
CAPB will circulate all the resolutions to the political parties
represented in the House of Commons, the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the
Canadian Police Association seeking their support.
CAPB is the national association for police boards and commissions from
across the country. Our members provide governance and oversight of
more than 75% of municipal policing in Canada. In their role as civilian
oversight bodies, police boards appoint and manage the performance of
chiefs and deputy chiefs, set policing objectives, establish policies,
and generally represent the public interest. The effective governance
and oversight of policing in Canada is an important means to ensure that
Canada's police services are fully accountable, transparent and have the
confidence of the public they serve.
SOURCE Canadian Association of Police Boards
For further information: For further information:
Jennifer Lanzon, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Police Boards, by email email@example.com or phone 613-232-2275.