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    Professional Standards Committee


    Mandate and Guiding Principles:

    The Professional Standards Committee is focused on addressing the needs of the Canadian law enforcement community, in identifying the best practices in professional standards.

    The Committee’s guiding principles are to maintain public trust in police services to ensure the support and participation of the community for effective policing in Canada. The Committee:

    1. Promotes innovative professional standards strategies as a meaningful way to assist the chiefs of police when faced with the challenge of leading an evolving police organization.
    2. Encourages and facilitates the exchange of ideas regarding professional standards best practices, investigative strategies, trends and models within police organizations.
    3. Helps to develop training and intervention systems that reduce the occurrences of police misconduct.

    Significant Accomplishments 2015/2016:

    • Held in depth discussions on the global implications of police misconduct, or perception thereof.  Submitted a potential theme for the 2016 Executive Global Studies cohort, much of which was incorporated into the 2016 CACP conference topic What Happens There Matters Here . . . But How?
    • Conducted search for suitable training programs for PSS investigators.
    • Examined opportunities to host a program or conference for Professional Standards investigators.

    Initiatives Planned 2016/2017:

    • Continue discussions with the CPC on the potential for an investigators’ program
    • Conduct research on available training for adjudicators
    • Develop resource page of suitable programs for police agencies
    • Continue examination of the genesis and mitigation of complaints against police.


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