The CACP wraps-up its 113th Annual Conference
08/15/18 - 08/15/19
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s (CACP) concluded its 113th Annual Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia today and thanked their hosts, the Halifax Regional Police, the Halifax District RCMP and the Halifax Military Police of the Canadian Forces for their outstanding program and hospitality.
It was with a heavy heart that the CACP conducted its conference at a time when tragic events were unfolding in Fredericton. It caused all delegates to reflect upon the risks inherent in this profession and to acknowledge the dedication to public safety that motivates our members to take on the responsibilities of sworn officers.
During the conference, police leaders discussed policing in the face of social, technological and structural change. The event was focused on exploring and discussing the changes that police forces across Canada will be facing and the changes that will need to be made in our respective organizations. The professional program encouraged delegates to anticipate, prepare for and address the challenges of “policing in an ever-changing world”, the theme for this year’s conference. The following are key event highlights related to the CACP’s strategic priorities:
- Cannabis and drugs: Along with the RCMP and the Canadian Police Knowledge Network, the CACP was pleased to launch the new online training program providing an Introduction to the cannabis legislation. This training program is now available to the more than 65,000 police officers preparing to enforce the new laws when cannabis is legalized on October 17th. In addition to discussions about law enforcement and the detection of impaired drivers, police leaders also discussed the policy implications of cannabis consumption by police personnel. Finally, the membership adopted a resolution* for the regulation of pill presses.
- Gun violence: In light of Bill C-71, as well as the tragic events involving gun violence in Fredericton and a number of other cities across Canada over the past year, the Board of Directors of the CACP approved a motion to create a special purpose committee to conduct a strategic analysis of data related to gun violence and to propose evidence-based recommendations to inform the development of a national CACP position statement on firearms.
- Electronic crime: During this conference, police leaders focused on the emerging trends related to the criminal use of cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin. In addition, three resolutions* involving a technology component were adopted by the membership during the Annual General meeting. The first called for the timely development of a technology policy for National Police Information Services (NPIS) Systems for enforcement in Canada. The second pressed for a reasonable law to facilitate cross-border access to data related to Canadian criminal offences or held by Canadian service providers. The third was in support of cyber-crime education and training for Canadian law enforcement.
- Traffic safety: The membership was encouraged to explore innovative solutions such as the partnership between the research, policing and insurance industries to change behaviours around distracted driving.
- Mental health and well-being: This conference encouraged police leaders to tackle both sides of the mental health issue. They were incited to implement initiatives such as the Safeguard program to ensure the mental health and wellness of police personnel. They were also invited to review and update their use of force practices, particularly when dealing with offenders struggling with mental health illnesses. In the interest of achieving more victim-oriented and trauma-informed policing in Canada, the membership of the CACP also adopted a resolution* calling for the development of the Sexual Violence Response Model.
- Proactive Policing: Police leaders expressed support for proactive policing. Not only was this practice considered to be in keeping with the CACP’s promotion of community-based policing but it is also an important strategy to keep Canadians safe. This discussion will continue beyond the annual conference as the CACP strives to consolidate existing research and identify best practices related to proactive policing with a goal to identify potential national approaches to be recommended for police services across Canada.
The work of the CACP will be undertaken under the leadership of a newly-elected President, Chief Adam Palmer from the Vancouver Police Department (refer to separate news release for additional details) who will be supported by a newly-elected Board of Directors.
As the association strives to achieve continuous improvements in policing and to strengthen the existing trust and confidence in the services we provide, it also seizes the opportunity to recognize excellence in policing and public safety. It was with great pride that eleven different awards were presented to very worthy recipients from law enforcement agencies across the country. (Refer to separate news release for additional details.)
* The resolutions adopted by the CACP membership during the 2018 Annual General Meeting are available in the Media Updates section of the CACP website at www.cacp.ca.
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The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,000 police leaders from across Canada. The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives, the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada which include federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.