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e-350 (Public safety)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Dave Langlands from Surrey, British Columbia, on May 18, 2016, at 3:13 p.m. (EDT)
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Public safety officers and peace officers
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Whereas:
  • Auxiliary Constables have provided hundreds of thousands of hours of community policing support to communities throughout Canada;
  • Auxiliary Constables have provided hundreds of thousands of hours of support to Regular Members on patrol duties with limited injuries;
  • The RCMP Auxiliary Constable program has been in service in Canada for over 50 years with one incident of an Auxiliary being injured by gunfire;
  • Citizens volunteering as Auxiliary Constables know and accept the risks involved in being a police volunteer;
  • Auxiliary Constables provide a tremendous trained resource to Canadian communities in case of emergencies;
  • The benefits of having trained Auxiliary Constables throughout the country surpass the costs of training and outfitting Auxiliaries; and
  • Auxiliaries are the bridge between local communities and the Detachments they serve.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness to:
1) Immediately halt the RCMP’s plans to terminate the Auxiliary Constable Program in Canada that would introduce a less effective Community Corps model;
2) Immediately restore Auxiliary patrol and community policing operations, in uniform, to the pre January 2016 policy timeframe;
3) Introduce a national training curriculum similar to the model used in British Columbia today;
4) Introduce a tiered Auxiliary Constable Program that increases an Auxiliary Constable’s responsibilities as higher levels of training and experience are completed;
5) Introduce national hiring standards closely resembling those used to hire Regular Members to reinforce the serious nature of the volunteer position Auxiliaries partake in; and
6) Introduce a national Auxiliary Advisory Committee comprised of Auxiliaries in each Division elected by peers.
Surrey—Newton
Liberal
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on November 17, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00888)
Government response tabled on January 30, 2017 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-02)
Open for signature : May 18, 2016, at 3:13 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : September 15, 2016, at 3:13 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
413
British Columbia
1305
Manitoba
96
New Brunswick
76
Newfoundland and Labrador
17
Northwest Territories
9
Nova Scotia
215
Nunavut
3
Ontario
103
Prince Edward Island
13
Quebec
12
Saskatchewan
36
Yukon
10
Other Countries
16
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