POLICE leaders from provincial, municipal and First Nations police services across the country came together last week to discuss working collectively to tackle key issues facing the Canadian policing community.
The forum was launched by the RCMP Commissioner to seek the support of leaders from within the policing community to engage in an ongoing series of discussions on a variety of important issues, including systemic racism and discrimination, mental health, civilian oversight and investigation, and digital policing, among others.
The inaugural discussion focused on the need to develop a national standard for de-escalation and crisis intervention.
Police chiefs from 19 agencies met virtually to discuss a national model that would emphasize common training, tools and techniques for de-escalation and crisis intervention. This collaborative work will include a review of current models, and related policies, procedures and training to allow all Canadian police officers to respond to situations in a consistent way to reduce conflict, minimize use of force and prevent injury. The overall objective is a consistent, common approach across all Canadian police services that reflects current best practices.
“Police leaders voiced the importance and desire to work together on this and other critical issues that are at the forefront of policing in Canada today, “ said RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, on Friday. “It’s clear that we share a common goal to be responsive to community concerns and calls for action. Yesterday marks the first of many important conversations that we will continue to have within Canada’s policing community.”
Lucki added: “A national collaborative effort to address issues related to systemic racism and discrimination will improve the relationship between Canadian policing and the diverse communities we serve.”
The forum included police chiefs and senior officials from:
- Akwesasne Mohawk Police
- Calgary Police Service
- Edmonton Police Service
- Fredericton City Police
- Halifax Regional Police
- Kahnawake Peacekeepers
- Manitoba First Nations Police Service
- Ontario Provincial Police
- Ottawa Police Service
- Prince Albert Police Service
- Regina City Police
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Royal Newfoundland Constabulary
- Saskatoon Police Service
- Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal
- Sûreté du Quebec
- Toronto Police Service
- Vancouver Police
- Waterloo Regional Police Service