Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Government Says Consultations to Reform the Police Services Act Begin Next Week

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Government Says Consultations to Reform the Police Services Act Begin Next Week

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Police reform consultations begin next week

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OTTAWA - The province is launching public consultations -- beginning on Feb. 18 -- on the changing policing in Ontario.

The community safety and correctional services ministry says the nature of policing and the role of police officers have changed since the Police Services Act was written in 1990.

It says policing has evolved as a result of advancements in technology, the increasing frequency of police interactions with vulnerable people -- such as those with mental health or addiction issues -- and enhanced expectations about oversight and accountability of law enforcement.

Officials say public meetings will be held in Cobourg, London, Newmarket, Hamilton, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, and Toronto.

And they say the consultations will seek input on promoting collaborative partnerships between police, the public and other sectors such as education, health care and social services, to ensure that those in need of help receive the right response. …

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