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