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Advocacy Update

As the voice of Ontario’s police leaders, the OACP regularly meets with government decision-makers to offer advice and provide expert insights into today’s community safety issues.  Here are a couple of key meetings held recently that have helped our advocacy efforts:

  • Members of the OACP Board Executive and senior staff met with the Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Ontario’s Attorney General on January 9, 2019 to discuss a number of issues impacting public safety.  Among the issues discussed were ways to better support police officers and other first responders suffering from occupational stress injuries, on-going developments related to the legalization of cannabis, and support for continued funding of victim services agencies across the Province of Ontario (also known as Victim Crisis Assistance Ontario) by the Government of Ontario.
  • Director of Government Relations and Communications, Joe Couto had a very productive meeting with senior officials at the office of Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Sylvia Jones. Discussions took place on a broad range of issues, including the development of Regulations for the Safer Ontario Act, 2017, the current review of police grants funding, cost effectiveness in policing, mental health issues in policing, and challenges with the Constable Selection System.

OACP members should contact Joe Couto at jcouto@oacp.ca for information on any public policy issues impacting police organizations in Ontario.

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