PUBLIC POLICING

Ontario’s professional police support initiatives that enhance transparency and build public trust. We want to help grow our communities together.

But the Government of Ontario has made it harder to keep policing public. Legislation like Bill 175 puts public safety at risk by allowing private security to perform police functions.

Bill 175’s privatization section provides the option for municipalities and local police services boards to privatize police duties that don’t technically have to be carried out by a sworn officer – like K-9 handling, bomb disposal, crime scene analysis and surveillance activities – in criminal investigations. This change significantly impacts civilian members of police associations across Ontario, who have specialized training and skillsets to perform these, and other vital functions. Allowing for the option of private entities to be hired to staff these specialized functions provides no reassurance to front-line police officers or members of the public that the most qualified and skilled personnel are handling this important work. This law could impact your community’s safety, and it must be changed.

Ontario’s police services personnel need your support so we can continue to effectively protect you, your family and your community.

Safety is an essential component in a fair and just Ontario. Communities trust police officers because they are well-trained and work to protect public safety. Security guards – who are employed by private companies and focused on protecting their best interests – should not be trusted to attempt difficult duties only police professionals are trained to perform.

Civilian police service members also play an important role in keeping Ontario safe, and our province is stronger due to their role as professionals as a part of public, accountable police services.

Ontario’s policing professionals have the oversight needed to ensure transparency and accountability. The same cannot be said about private security contractors.

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