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Summer 2016

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TRI-SERVICES REPRESENTATION ON THE EXPANDED PUBLIC-PRIVATE FPT INTEROPERABILITY ADVISORY GROUP The CACP, represented by Tri-Services CACP lead Inspector Brendan Dodd, who also sits on the CITIG Board, participated in the inaugural meeting of the expanded FPT Interoperability Working Group hosted by Public Safety Canada. In the 2015 budget, the Government committed to establishing a national Public Safety Broadband Network. In the spring of 2016, at a meeting of the FPT meeting of Ministers responsible for emergency management the Ministers agreed "on the creation of a public-private advisory group to inform the way forward on this important, complex initiative". The inclusion of Tri-Services representatives in this group will ensure that first responders provide input not only on emergency management issues, but on the day to day operational usage of this network. COMPENSATION FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES FIRST RESPONDERS INJURED OR KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY In June 2016 the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Services, Ralph Goodale, held a consultation with Tri-Services representatives on compensation benefits for public safety officers. The Minister's priority is to enhance compensation benefits for firefighters, police officers and paramedics who are permanently disabled or killed in the line of duty. This initiative is being implemented to offer a measure of financial security for families struggling with the loss of a loved one or permanently changed life circumstances. CACP President Clive Weighill provided input to the roundtable that Public Safety Canada will use to develop options. LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA Police chiefs, front line police, border security officials and federal, provincial and territorial government representatives participated in Public Safety Canada's 2016 Law Enforcement Roundtable on the Legalization and Regulation of Marijuana, held June 21-22, 2016. The Government has committed to legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana, and recognizes the need to create a new system to prevent youth from accessing marijuana and curtailing the illegal marijuana market that is benefitting organized crime. Participation in the roundtable provided an opportunity for open and frank discussions on the public safety and enforcement issues and perspectives that must be considered as Canada moves forward with the legalization and regulation of marijuana. CACP representatives, President Clive Weighill and the members of the CACP Drug Abuse Committee provided input on the key issues that must be addressed from a law enforcement perspective to enable implementation of a legalization regime. On June 30, 2016 Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Rayboud and Health Minister Jane Philpott announced the launch of a task force to advise the Government on how best to move forward with its plan to legalize marijuana. The 9 member task force, selected in consultation with the provinces and territories will be chaired by Anne McLellan, a former Deputy Prime Minister who also served as a Health and Justice Minister. CACP Member, Rafik Souccar, RCMP (Rtd) is a Committee member. CACP PRESENTATIONS TO GOVERNMENT HOUSE/SENATE COMMITTEES Operational Stress and PTSD Disorders in Public Safety Officers CACP Human Resources and Learning Committee members Chief Jennifer Evans, Peel Regional Police Service and Steven Schnitzer, Director, Police Academy, JIBC presented a review of the work that has been done by the CACP in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. They emphasized CACP's desire to look for opportunities to improve mental health in the workplace through collaboration and research. For more information click here. Fentanyl Public Health Crisis/Fentanyl Precursors CACP Drug Abuse Committee member D/Chief Trevor Daroux, Calgary Police Service made a presentation on the need to regulate precursor chemicals required to domes- tically synthesize fentanyl in Canada. For details, click here. The CACP has issues a media release on this important issue. Delays in Criminal Proceedings Law Amendments Committee member A/Commr Joe Oliver addressed pre-charge and post charge issues that contribute to delays in criminal proceedings and provided additional remarks on criminal justice in the digital age. Further information is available by clicking here. Law Amendments Committee member, OPP Det. Sgt Dave Truax provided input on Bill S-217 – An Act to amend the Criminal Code on Detention in Custody. This presentation, made in response to the murder of RCMP Cst. David Wynn in Alberta, focused on ensuring judges have all of the facts before they release vio- lent or habitual criminals on bail. HIGHLIGHTS OF OTHER CACP GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS ACTIVITIES The CACP Moving Forward Safer Futures Conference was an outstanding success. A CACP media release "Police Leaders/Indigenous Representatives Seek Common Ground on Solutions for Safety Communities" was issued capturing the outcomes described in the previous article by Norm Taylor. Further information is available on the CACP website An overview of Budget 2016 and its impact on policing is available on the CACP website Extensive messaging has been prepared in collaboration with relevant CACP Committees on the issues of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and legalization of marijuana. Chief Weighill, Committee leads, and other CACP members have been instrumental in sustaining national media coverage of issues affecting policing. Chief Weighill appeared twice on CBC Power and Politics and once on CTV Power Play. He conducted numerous interviews with national media on the legalization of marijuana and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women enquiry. Director Harel and Drug Abuse Committee members participated in interviews on the legalization of marijuana and fentanyl. The CACP has been introduced to the new Government. Chief Weighill has met with new Ministers. We continue to develop relationships in Minister's offices and meet with PSC and Justice Canada. That CACP National Strategic Communications Group met in March 2016 to focus on pressing issues for police communication strategies. Topics included fentanyl, legalization of marijuana, guns and gangs, missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, and effective handling of media and freedom of information requests. CACP Government Relations Update: Spring/Summer 2016 By Tim Smith, CACP Government Relation and Communications 10 CACP Summer 2016

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