Ethics Committee


    To promote appropriate ethical behaviour in the Canadian law enforcement community.

    Strategic Priorities/Objectives:

    1. To promote ethical and professional leadership amongst the CACP membership.
    2. To provide or identify learning opportunities for police organizations that enhances ethical decision-making in member organizations.
    3. To provide CACP members with information about learning opportunities available through other organizations.
    4. To identify and provide information on best practices in ethical decision-making.
    5. To provide a link to other entities that support ethical organizational development.
    6. To provide advice on ethical issues to the Board of Directors of the CACP.

    Significant Accomplishments 2016/2017:

    • Continued working with Dr. Stephen Maguire on phase 2 of the Professionalism in Policing survey.  Results are planned for release in late 2017/early 2018.
    • Worked with Justice Tulloch regarding recommendations in his report on civilian oversight, specifically regarding the creation of a College/Code of Ethics for police officers including certification/accreditation.
    • Studied the UK Experience in professionalism and the development of a national framework for agency-wide code of ethics with a focus on continued professional development; a national code of ethics; continuous learning for officers in the study of ethics, and day-to-day ethics programs.
    • Reviewed learning and promoted the York Regional Police and their implementation of an agency-wide ethics model.

    Initiatives Planned 2017/2018:

    • Complete literature review from the Professionalism in Policing Study
    • Provide policy/evidence-based research to Chiefs on topics relating to professionalism (e.g. duty to report policy and core policing organizational values
    • Collaborate with the Global Studies 2017 program to identify data that may assist in building a measure of public trust.
    • Complete a second survey on Professionalism in Policing in 2018
    • Identify evidence-based documents within the research of the CACP Ethics Committee to be forwarded to the CACP Research Foundation.