06/20/2012

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services established the Future of Policing Advisory Committee. AMO is represented by President Gary McNamara. June 20, 2012.
Policing Update

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services has established a new stakeholder advisory committee, the Future of Policing Advisory Committee. The Committee has had its initial meeting and has established several working groups to assist in its efforts to look at sustainability as part of effective, efficient and sustainable police service delivery in Ontario, whether contracted policing or municipal own forces. AMO is represented on this Committee by President Gary McNamara.

The Future of Policing Advisory Committee will recommend to the Ministry changes to legislation/regulations and/or policy matters and strategic direction. The Advisory Committee consists of a majority of employer representatives and service providers and includes employee representatives. The Police Services Act was reviewed in depth and the associated regulations that set out policing standards have not been reviewed since the late 1990s.

The Committee has established four working groups that will investigate changes that may achieve a sustainable model for future policing:

  • Crime Prevention;
  • Law Enforcement and Assistance to Victims of Crime;
  • Emergency Response and Public Order Maintenance; and
  • Administration and Infrastructure.

AMO has appointed senior municipal staff members that are representatives of contract policing and municipal forces to these working groups. Each working group will report to the Advisory Committee and will review police services through the lens of efficiency, transformation, innovation/technology and integration, since policing affects different ministries and other public safety providers.

In addition, AMO’s OPP Costing Project Team is also completing its work to clarify elements of the contract template to improve the transparency and the understanding of these contracts.

All municipalities value the contribution of all emergency workers to the safety and health of our communities. However, across Ontario, emergency costs are rising much faster than in other service areas. Policing costs have risen from $2 billion in 2001 to over $3.5 billion in 2010. Municipalities spend nearly $400 million annually on services provided by the Ontario Provincial Police and $2.6 billion annually for the twelve largest municipal police forces in Ontario.

AMO will keep members updated on these matters as work progresses and concludes.