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Police Leaders Meet in Kingston

The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Board of Directors met in Kingston, ON September 25 and 26. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • The Board received an update from Director of Government Relations and Communications Joe Couto on the OACP’s Pre-Election Project.  He presented results of a review of public opinion surveys by police services, which was undertaken by him and Mia Hershkowitz, our current placement student who is completing her Masters Degree at Ryerson University. Chiefs of Police/OPP Commissioner will be asked to provide input on priority issues which Ontario’s police leaders should be making known to political parties prior to next June’s Provincial election.
  • The Board continues to discuss issues regarding the Framework MOU on Disclosures.  Some police services are addressing particular local issues which may require amendments to the Framework to meet local needs.
  • Executive Director Ron Bain provided an overview on the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Community Justice Centres to address justice and social issues.  This concept is consistent with the situation tables (Hubs) and community policing approaches to justice matters.  Three police services are piloting the concept.  Please contact Joe Couto (jcouto@oacp.ca) for further information.
  • Deputy Chief Barbara MacLean attended the meeting on Chief Mark Saunder’s behalf and reported on the Toronto Police Service’s new competency initiative.
  • There are currently 75 police services board vacancies across the province.  The Board was assured by Mr. Waldie that new personnel in both the Minister’s officer and the Premier’s office are focusing on addressing these vacancies.
  • An extensive discussion on the need for data for police services from the Constable Selection System on applicants.
  • Consideration of a new OACP Policing Operations Committee.  The Board also approved a review of the OACP’s committee structure to be led by Jeff McGuire, the recently retired Chief of Niagara Regional Police Service.
  • A number of presentations on critical issues for all police organizations:
    • Steve Waldie, Director External Relations Branch of the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) presented on the Ministry’s response to the Provincial Ombudsman’s recommendations on de-escalation.
    • Astrid Neuland of Thales Canada and Sarah Perry of Thales Australia presented on cutting-edge social media analytic tools for police services.
    • Chief Paul Martin, Chair of the OACP Diversity & Inclusion Committee reviewed a draft OACP Hate Crime Manual.  The Chief advised that the draft document will continue to be refined and consultation with the Education, Training, and Professional Development Committee and other relevant OACP groups with the goal of having it approved by the Board at its December 2017 meeting.
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