Educating Canadians about the need for a transformation to professional practice for Canadian police
The Canadian College of Professional Policing
Our proposal, based on successful models like the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Policing in the UK, will set nationwide standards for police recruit training, improve professional practices, and enhance trust among Canadians. The College would research and develop evidence-based training materials, guided by citizens, police, and academics. It would accredit existing training centers for quality and inclusivity. A College could ensure the best training delivers consistent and qualified police officers with national certification. Join us in strengthening Canadian democracy, protecting the public, and rebuilding public trust in our police. (Read below for more.) SUBSCRIBE to our newsletter / BECOME a Member / ATTEND a webinar / Contact Us
A Policing College for Canadians
National Governance for Excellence in Police Recruit Training
We propose a system of national governance that will deliver excellence in the training of police recruits. The proposal is modeled after the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Policing in the United Kingdom. A Policing College for Canada will set common nation-wide standards in police recruit training and advance the professional practice of policing whilst increasing the trust of Canadians across the nation.
What is a Policing College?
The world and our nation are evolving and so must police to meet the realities of the 21st Century. It is time to elevate policing as a profession because policing is an important element of our stability as a nation. We are now a diverse nation and we must stand strong as a democracy in a world with growing disorder.
The purpose of the College is to provide those working in policing with the best skills and knowledge derived from what is proven to work to prevent crime, protect the public, and secure public trust. The outcome will be better trained recruits qualified for portable employment in any jurisdiction of Canada including First Nations Policing. Certifying police officers to a standard level of knowledge will ensure a common level of ability, knowledge and empathy from the High Arctic to the 49th parallel.
The models that show the way for our Policing College
How can Canada create a successful national Policing College?
We propose the creation of a College at the federal level. Governance of the College must include policing officials and citizens representing the diversity of Canada. It is important to achieve understanding with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and each provincial Solicitor General as an early step. We believe that police leaders including the RCMP, First Nations leaders, other community leaders, police associations and police officers are ready for change.
National standards will:
Further Reading; News Articles and Publications
Opinion: Police training across Canada should adopt reforms proposed in Edmonton
John Lilley, Nancy McNaughton, David Cassels, Roger Chaffin (2021) Edmonton Journal
Opinion: Elevate policing as a profession with national training standards
John Lilley (2020) Edmonton Journal
Opinion: Teach police to be peacekeepers, not law-enforcement officers
David Cassels (2020) Edmonton Journal
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