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Board Meeting Closes Busy Year

The Board of Directors held their final meeting of 2017 in Hamilton December 12 and 13. Thanks to the great hospitality of Chief Eric Girt, the Directors engaged in positive and needed discussions on a number of significant issues shaping policing in Ontario. Watch the President’s update video here.

• The Board was sad to receive notice from Executive Director Ron Bain that he intends to retire effective June 2018. Please see the President’s video on Ron’s retirement here.

• The OACP is once again calling on the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services to reconstitute the Policing Standards Advisory Committee (PSAC). This committee, which brought together policing stakeholders and government to look at equipment, standards, and other issues, was disbanded when the Future of Policing Advisory Committee (FPAC) was established. We believe PSAC should now be revived. The call for PSAC’s resurrection flowed from a Board discussion on Personal Protective Equipment issues.

• The Board engaged in discussions with Jason Fraser, Chair of our Police Legal Advisors Committee, on a “deep dive” on Bill 175, the Safer Ontario Act, 2017. The OACP will seek to make a presentation to the legislative committee expected to hold public hearings in early in 2018.

• The OACP’s Risk Management Committee provided the Board with a “Top 10” list of issues facing the association. Included in the list is communicating the Strategic Plan to members and future increases in member dues to support our communications and advocacy work.

• Commissioner Vince Hawkes led a discussion on the court appeal regarding OPP detachments cells used as correctional facilities.

• The Board reviewed a summary of the 2017 Executive Forum.

• The President and Chief Eric Girt met with local media in Hamilton. Members can see the video of the media session here. • Ontario Police Technology Information Co-operative Executive Director Paul Hamelin provided an overview of e-disclosure, criminal e-intake, and other e-justice issues.

• The Board discussed York Regional Police’s work on financial implications of the federal Cannabis Act. Cost to police organizations related to the legalization will be on the next Board agenda in February 2018. The Board also discussed the impact of cannabis legalization on police dogs trained to detect marihuana.

• The OACP has reiterated its position on the proposal by the Ministry of Transportation to eliminate Validation Tags. Our police officers know that Validation Tags are an essential tool for the traffic and public safety. For example, the tags provide quick and easily identifiable evidence of proper registration. Service Ontario is proposing to advance end-to-end digital vehicle registration renewals by eliminating Validation Tags.

• As part of his Zone report, Chief William Sornberger (Owen sound PS) raised issues with Workplace Safety Insurance Board in terms of customer service.

• The Board appointed Chief Bryan MacCulloch (Niagara RPS) as its representative on the CISO Executive Governing Body.

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