December Board of Directors Highlights (#OACPBoD)
The OACP Board of Directors met December 9-10, 2014 for its final meeting of the year. The meeting was hosted by Chief John Domm of the Rama Police Service. Here are the highlights from the meeting (please access the full Board agenda with attachments on the OACP website – “Members” tab):
- Executive Director Ron Bain provided an overview of the most recent FPAC Continuum Working Group, specifically on the proposed recommendations pertaining to the appropriate level of education for new police recruits. Discussion on this important issue will continue in 2015.
- Chief John Hagarty has been appointed to lead a special working group to consider “Social Media Trends and Police Services”. The genesis for this Working Group is a presentation from one of the groups at the OACP’s recent Police Leadership Program (in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management). This OACP Board-approved Working Group will bring together police and other subject matter experts to look at social media trends and issues impacting policing (governance, operations, communications, etc.).The proposed mandate would include supplying guiding principles and draft policies for Ontario police services to consider for their own use. Chief Hagarty will begin to establish the working group early in 2015.
- The OACP Diversity Committee has a new name. The Committee is now called the “OACP Diversity and Inclusion Committee”. The Board agreed with a recommendation from the committee that “inclusion” is an increasingly important concept for police organizations to promote along with “diversity”. The committee’s mandate remains unchanged.
- The Board approved Niagara Falls as the site for the 2016 OACP Annual Meeting. Dates and details of the host facility will be announced in 2015. Meanwhile, don’t forget to “save the date” for the 2015 Annual Meeting at the Delta Meadowvale in Peel Region, June 14-17, 2015. Check out our conference website for more information.
- Deputy Chief Mike Federico (Toronto Police Service) updated the Board on use of force issues. The Minister of Community Safety and Community Safety and Correctional Services has given approval for police services to purchase the latest models of Conducted Energy Weapons, the TASER X2 and the TASER X26P.
- Staff Superintendent Rick Stubbings (Toronto Police Service) and Mark Saltmarsh, (Director, Crown Strategic Initiatives, Ministry of the Attorney General), made a presentation to the Board on “Developing a Legislative Mechanism for a Police Services Act Expungement Process.” They noted that expunging an officer’s PSA conviction may require legislative to promote consistency across the province based on a rigorous, fair, and transparent process, particularly in view of the McNeil case.
- Dr. Dirk Huyer, Chief Coroner for Ontario, and Inspector Carole Bird (RCMP) presented on “Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains.”
- Mr. Tony Tessarolo, Director of the Province’s Centre of Forensic Sciences, sought the OACP’s support for a voluntary “Police DNA Quality Assurance Index”. The index is being sought for the purposes of quality assurance and to decrease, or at least mitigate, the risks of contamination of evidence by police forensics officers and other police personnel. More information will be shared with Chiefs of Police on this issue.
- Marco Visentini, Chair of the OACP Police Legal Advisors Committee, updated the Board on discussions with other policing groups on the issue of suspension without pay. Unfortunately, discussions on a process for protecting officers’ rights in a new process allowing Chiefs to suspend without pay have not resulted in an agreement between all the policing groups. It may be that the Minister of Community Safety and Community Safety and Correctional Services will have to resolve the matter.
- Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher reported that 137 police services and OPP detachments had completed the OACP survey on Ontario’s collaboration and engagement model. Follow-up interviews will be undertaken with a view to having a final report by the end of February. The OACP Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee is also considering a symposium in 2015 to showcase some of the findings and best practices surrounding community safety and well-being.
- The Board was notified of concerns by Chiefs in Northern Ontario regarding a “New Northeast WASH Court Practice” recently issued by the local office of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Northern Chiefs observed that there were no consultations with them and, in addition, short notice was given. The OACP Justice Committee will discuss the issue with MAG officials at their meeting on January 14, 2015.
- The Board has appointed Deputy Chief Andy Hay (Thunder Bay PS) as the OACP's representative on the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario (CISO) Board.