CACP Wraps-up 112th National Conference/Conference Outcomes/CACP Awards

    07/19/17 - 03/19/18

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    Montreal, Quebec – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) wrapped-up their 112th National Conference in Montréal, Quebec today and thanked their hosts, the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal (SPVM) for their outstanding program and hospitality.

    “On the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, this conference could not have taken place in a more historical, cultural and picturesque backdrop. Un grand merci au Directeur Philippe Pichet, the organizing team from SPVM and the many volunteers who helped make this such a prosperous and memorable experience for all.  A heartfelt thank-you to our conference speakers, sponsors and exhibitors,” stated CACP President, Directeur Mario Harel.

    The annual gathering of Canada’s police leadership provides an opportunity to share information and experiences, discuss the issues effecting policing, learn best-practices of others and focus on the priorities of the CACP. 

    Conference Theme: Policing in a Digital Society – Risks and Opportunities

    “To say that technology is changing is grossly understated. The challenge is keeping up, making the right investments and using technology in such a way that it truly enhances the services we provide to our communities. We need greater partnerships with industry, who were well represented at this conference, to ensure that policing remains educated and forward thinking from an IT perspective,” stated Directeur Mario Harel, President of the CACP. “There has never been a greater need to envision our organizational requirements 3 to 5 years from now and create a detailed roadmap that will get us there.”

    “We also must remember that traditional crime is migrating to the cyber world and we must use technology as a means to assist us in combatting such issues as cybercrime, terrorism, radicalization, sexual exploitation, cyber-bullying and fraud, just to name a few. We must continue to remember that crimes committed on the Internet are real crimes with real victims,” continued Directeur Harel.

    Building Public Trust and Confidence in Policing

    The CACP continues to focus on national priorities which cover a number of contemporary policing issues and include such issues as the legalization of marijuana; missing and murdered indigenous women and girls; drug reform (fentanyl/opioids crisis); cybercrime, and; mental health and wellness of police personnel among others.

    Among the many priorities currently facing Canadian policing, none is more vital than the need to better understand and continually improve our relationship with the public we serve. 

    Directeur Harel: “The truth is that we are amongst the front-runners of community policing globally. Canadian policing is unique and something we all should be very proud of. We need to continuously improve our service to our communities, no doubt, but we also should be very proud and celebrate the services we provide the public.”

    CANADA: We Are YOUR Police

    Since 2003, the CACP has operated a unique research driven executive development program known as CACP Executive Global Studies, through which over 170 policing leaders have conducted field studies in 42 countries on themes of importance as directed by the CACP Board.

    The 2017 cohort was assigned the task of examining the dimensions of public trust in police and they presented their findings from a 15-country study at the conference. Their findings centered on several foundational principles that they regard as the “genetic code” of public trust, and based on those principles they have issued 7 ‘calls to action’ to Canadian policing. The report can be found at: http://www.cacpglobal.ca

    The CACP Board of Directors and several of our Standing Committees received in-depth briefings on these findings with keen interest and a special working session is being convened by CACP President, Mario Harel, early in the fall with the goal of developing a plan of action based on these research results.

    CACP Awards and Presentations

    Special Olympics, Law Enforcement Torch Run

    “At Special Olympics Canada, we are extremely proud, and truly grateful for our partnership with the CACP and the law enforcement community - one of our longest standing partnerships, spanning almost 30 years. While rich in history, the truly amazing part of this 30+ year story is that the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics continues to grow and is a fundraising success story celebrated throughout our organization, here in Canada and around the Globe,” Sharon Bollenbach, CEO, Special Olympics Canada.

    The 2016 national fundraising total for Law Enforcement Torch Run in Canada announced today is $4,079,186.

    CACP National Police Award for Traffic Safety:

    The National Police Award for Traffic Safety recognizes excellence, dedication and initiative in the field of traffic safety by enforcement officers across Canada. It is sponsored by Accident Support Services International Ltd. The purpose of this award is to identify and commend active enforcement personnel for their work to improve traffic safety and to encourage others to implement new initiatives or publicize those in which they are already involved. Best practices collected through the award process are shared broadly with Canada’s police community.

    National Police Award for Traffic Safety - 2017 – Sergeant Kerry Schmidt, OPP - Public Safety Through Social Media – Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division - Through his wide use of many social media platforms, Sgt. Schmidt provides information to media outlets and the public and provides followers with current traffic condition and event updates. Sergeant Schmidt has taken a leadership role in the integral development of the OPP’s social media program to deliver safety messaging.

    National Traffic Safety Initiative of the Year – Combined Traffic Services Saskatchewan (CTSS) – Central Division – Saskatoon Police Service

    CTSS was started as a strategy to reduce traffic fatalities, injuries and violations that were negatively impacting traffic safety in and around Saskatoon.  In 2016 the Central District team not only conducted many enforcement projects but also many educational blitzes. These included back to school high visibility projects, the May long weekend traffic focus, Christmas sobriety checks. The CTSS integrated unit is made up of ten Saskatoon Police Service members and twenty RCMP members.

    Canadian Bankers Association Law Enforcement Award:

    Every year the Canadian Bankers' Association Law Enforcement Award recognizes outstanding police performance in fighting crime against Canadian banks. Recipients of this prestigious award have gone above and beyond the call of duty while preventing and investigating crimes against Canada's financial institutions. Since 1972, the Canadian Bankers Association has honoured 248 Canadian police officers.

    The 2017 recipients of this award are:

    Individual Award: Detective Constable Michael Kelly, Toronto Police Service, Detective Constable Timothy Trotter, Toronto Police Service

    Group Awards #1: Detective Alec Tompras, York Regional Police; Detective Constable Paul Mills, Toronto Police Service; Detective Stephen Smith, Toronto Police Service; Detective Joe Matys, Toronto Police Service; Detective Constable Dan Moore, York Regional Police; Detective Sebastian Cultrera, York Regional Police; Detective Sergeant Pat Kellar, Belleville Police Service; Detective Constable Alan MacEwan, Halton Police Service; Detective Constable Amy Sharpe, Cobourg Police Service

    Full details are available on the Canadian Bankers Association website:


    Bank of Canada's Law Enforcement Award of Excellence for Counterfeit Deterrence

    This award was established in 2004 by the Bank of Canada and recognizes police officers, employees, or volunteers of a Canadian law-enforcement agency who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and initiative in counterfeiting deterrence and prevention.

    The 2017 recipient of this award is: Integrated Counterfeit Enforcement Team, C Division (Quebec) RCMP for OPERATION COUPON

    This year’s recipients worked tirelessly for two years to dismantle a ring of counterfeiters who were producing and passing fake $100 bank notes through the Montréal, Québec and Montérégie areas. Dubbed “Projet COUPON”, their investigation fostered close collaboration between the RCMP’s ICET investigators and other Québec police forces. Their diligent teamwork led to three arrests, the dismantling of four counterfeiting labs and the seizure of almost 4,200 counterfeit notes valued at over $400,000. Overall, it is estimated that this ring of counterfeiters introduced over 9,600 fake bank notes into circulation, defrauding businesses and individuals of almost $1 million.

    Full details will be available on the Bank of Canada website: http://www.bankofcanada.ca

    CACP International Policing Award:

    The award rewards Canadian law enforcement personnel for their exceptional dedication and initiative in using Canadian policing skills to contribute to a safer world, and seeks to encourage more Canadian police services to contribute to and work on the international scene.

    The 2017 award recognises the significant work accomplished by Calgary Police Service’s investigative team led by Staff Sergeant Shane Plamondon which started out as a single-homicide investigation and morphed into a double-homicide investigation and then finally into an international drug trafficking operation. The investigative team liaised and worked with their cohorts from the Drug Enforcement Agency in California and the State of Washington and police from Halifax, using multiple scenarios that eventually lead to the seizure of significant quantities of cocaine and methamphetamine while charging those responsible for the deaths of two men.

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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 the RCMP, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.