Police to converge on Parliament Hill for Annual Police Day

    OTTAWA, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Today more than 150 front line police
personnel representing 54,700 members of the Canadian Police Association (CPA)
are converging on Parliament Hill today to meet with politicians to discuss
law and order issues.
    The CPA Annual Police Day affords an opportunity for legislators to hear
first hand the perspective of front line police personnel, on justice and law
enforcement issues that merit legislative change or government action. Over
150 meetings between members of the Canadian Police Association and their
respective members of the House of Commons and of the Senate have been
scheduled throughout the day. This year, the CPA delegates are bringing four
"issues" to the attention of legislators:

    - National Drug Strategy,
    - Police Officers' Bill of Rights
    - Independent Association for the RCMP
    - Canada's Sentencing, Corrections and Parole Systems
    - Public Safety Occupations Compensation Benefit

    In addition, CPA delegates will encourage government to move forward with
their promise to negotiate with the provinces to put at least 2500 new police
officers in Canadian communities.
    "Our advocacy experience has demonstrated the value in having the
front-line police perspective brought to the attention of legislators", said
Tony Cannavino, President of the CPA. "Our members on the front lines see
first hand the impact of drugs and a revolving door justice system in their
communities. Our delegates bring forward a unique and valuable point of view
in justice and law enforcement related issues".

    The CPA is the national voice for 54,700 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
    Fact Sheets on each CPA 2007 Advocacy Issues can be consulted at
www.cpa-acp.ca under "Judicial Reform".

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, (613)
231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516, pcollin@cpa-acp.ca

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