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Police in Ontario Canada May be Facing a Modernization Reform in Coming Years



The stage is set for significant changes to the way police operate in Ontario.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is promising a bill this spring to modernize the Police Services Act, which hasn't been fundamentally altered for 27 years.

The reforms are expected to touch on nearly every aspect of policing. Duties could be off-loaded from full-fledged officers to special constables or civilians. Changes could come to how police interact with the mentally ill. Investigations into police misconduct and the penalties imposed are up for reform. The training required of officers and the role of local police boards are also being reviewed.

The changes will be rolled into the "Strategy for a Safer Ontario," the government's tag for its "new blueprint for effective, sustainable and community-based policing." The job of spearheading the reforms will fall to Marie-France Lalonde, the newly minted minister of community safety and correctional services.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/police-services-act-reform-strategy-for-safer-ontario-1.3969134

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  • GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
    edited February 7
    From further in the article, it seems like they want to curb police pay raises while outsourcing some police duties like providing court security and transporting prisoners.  Hopefully the police won't become too disgruntled when their raises are slowed down and then take it out on everyone else.  Every police officer opinion I've seen about pay has been that it's too low for what they do. 

    The offloading of duties onto private organizations is also potentially troubling.

    That said, giving police chiefs the ability to suspend crooked cops without pay is long overdue, even if the chiefs might not necessarily use that ability (I suspect chiefs are often in on the crookedness).


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