This Week @ Queen’s Park – July 12, 2019
- Police Chiefs should expect invitations from the Ministry of the Solicitor General to participate in consultations on the development of regulations for the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act. The Ministry will be seeking local perspectives from police leaders as well as a provincial outlook from the OACP. Please contact Director of Government Relations Joe Couto at firstname.lastname@example.org in relation to the regulations development process.
- The Ministry of the Solicitor General has issued an All Chiefs regarding its emerging animal welfare strategy. An interim Chief Inspector has been appointed, who has, in turn, appointed temporary inspectors from local humane societies, with provincial; inspectors to also be appointed. A new toll free number has been set up for the public to report animal welfare concerns: 1-833-926-4625. Police services may use this number for support on animal protection cases.
- The OACP has had a number of inquiries from both members and media regarding a report from the City of Toronto on the costs associated with paid-duty (PD) policing. The report points out that there is a limited supply of officers for PDs, putting a strain on both police and event organizers in Ontario’s capital city. This is an issue that many police services will be wrestling with during fiscally challenging times.
- The Missing Persons Act came into effect on July 1, 2019. Look for promotion of this important legislation over the summer by the Provincial Government in concert with policing services.