Today the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) provided the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Honourable Yasir Naqvi, with a Report on Policing Modernization.

The Report contains 34 recommendations centred on providing ideas and a vision for the future of how this critical public service can be delivered.  

AMO established a Task Force of Mayors and Police Board representatives from across the province to explore key questions about policing.  The Task Force interviewed experts, reviewed some of the best academic research available, sent representatives to the 2015 Summit on the Economics of Policing and Community Safety in Ottawa and had thorough discussions on specific issues.

This process was been driven by the undeniable need to ensure that all Ontario communities can afford policing, along with all the other public programs and services that keep people not only safe but healthy.  The Task Force explored fundamental questions that every society should ask from time to time: How do we want to be policed?  How can we improve on what we do now?  What can we in Ontario do to build a public safety model our children can afford?

AMO’s recommendations fall into four key themes: Partnership, Productivity, Performance, and Personnel.  For the most part, change strategies fall into two broad categories: managing public demand for services and increasing operational effectiveness.  

Municipal governments are encouraged to consider the Report’s findings.  AMO President Gary McNamara and the Association look forward to continuing to work with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, police officers and their associations in the pursuit of building a new public safety model in Ontario.

President McNamara thanks Task Force Chair Al Spacek, the Mayor of Kapuskasing and the Task Force members for their time, insight and effort in delivering this critical Report.

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