OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2013) - Officials from across Canada and abroad concluded two days of constructive discussions on reform and innovation of policing in Canada. The Summit on the Economics of Policing - Strengthening Canada''s Policing Advantage - was a commitment made by Federal/Provincial/Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for Justice and Public Safety at their January 2012 meeting.
"This Summit has demonstrated our shared commitment to ensuring that policing services are delivered as effectively and efficiently as possible, while continuing to make the safety and security of all Canadians our top priority," said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety. "FPT Ministers have expressed a strong interest in tackling the increasing cost of policing and this meeting provided an opportunity to look at ways to do that."
The Summit is a key step in developing a shared agenda on policing reform and innovation. Discussions focused on three main themes: efficiencies within police services, new models of community safety, and efficiencies within the justice system. The Summit brought together representatives from all three levels of government, national police associations (namely, the Canadian Association of Police Boards, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Canadian Police Association), police leaders (including First Nations police services), frontline police officers, academics and speakers from the United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
"Police officers perform an invaluable role and they do so with dedication and professionalism," said Minister Toews. "It is essential that all levels of government, police associations and services continue to work together to contain costs while strengthening policing in Canada."
Development of a shared forward agenda on policing will continue. The Government of Canada will further consult with other governments, police associations and services, and key stakeholders to ensure the plan reflects the realities of policing in Canada.
For more information, please visit the Web site www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
Follow Public Safety Canada (@Safety_Canada) on Twitter.