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View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
My first question is for Chief Larkin, representing CACP. We've had several witnesses come forward and talk about the lack of data and information sharing, especially dealing with systemic racism, between police departments. I know the CACP has the law enforcement information data standards subcommittee, which is designed to help police forces across Canada share information, yet we just don't seem to be getting there.
I'm wondering if you have a recommendation or can help this committee with regard to how we actually get our police departments across Canada sharing information so that we can analyze what's happening and perhaps have some solutions. For example, do you think the federal government needs to step in and say that all police departments will be part of your LEID subcommittee so that we do share information?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Perfect. Thank you.
I have one more short question.
We've had a lot of comments from different witnesses on the hiring of police officers in remote communities. Representing the CACP, where you have some of the remote communities' law enforcement people, can you maybe guide us a little bit in the benefits—or maybe not so much the benefits—of hiring local people to police more remote communities?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Whitman, in looking at best practices, we're looking at different policing models and what's working and what isn't working. Have you seen some best practices that we should be employing nationally? As well, should local communities be more involved in the hiring of police recruits?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
You have great questions. You did touch on that earlier in your response to the police officers being involved in community events. Certainly, unfortunately, that isn't happening across Canada. That is a critical part of being part of a community, not just responding to, for example, violent calls, but actually being there as a friend and not as somebody who's arresting someone. It's critical.
I only have about a minute left. I wonder, Mr. Falconer, if you can just add on to—
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Okay, just add on to a best practice that you would see employed across Canada.
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thanks also to all the witnesses today. It has been really informative.
Dr. Lashley, I really liked your introduction with Peel. It's amazing that, 200 years later, we're still talking about that style of policing with community involvement.
My question to you was actually brought up by MP Fergus. I just want to know what you think we could do in short-term initiatives to address systemic racism today.
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
I agree. Thank you very much.
Dr. Lashley, I have another question similar to that. It seems that with all the different witnesses we've had, we've come across this: It's hiring the right people for law enforcement, for policing, and diversity and hiring in the different cultures, people who understand and want to be involved with the community.
Do you have any recommendations for us to move forward with, not only for the RCMP but for policing all across Canada, which includes our very rural areas as well?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the three witnesses this afternoon.
My question will go to Brian Sauvé. Brian, there are a lot of reports about members of the RCMP raising concerns about a lack of resources, and it's actually getting to be a safety issue. I wonder if you can elaborate on the current situation. How can the NPF resolve some of these issues?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you to the witnesses today. It has really been a great conversation so far.
My first question is going to be to Dr. Parent.
I know you were involved in recruiting into JI, the Justice Institute, and I wonder if you were comparing that or if you've been to Depot.
I guess the question is that we talk a lot about the training of the RCMP and municipal police forces at effective levels. Should there be more training? Should there be changes? I wonder, with your experience, whether you can elaborate a bit on the difference in training or if you feel that six months is enough for the RCMP and the municipal police. They're a bit different, but could you maybe just provide us with some of your expertise?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
I did actually bring up with the commissioner the question of hiring locally—in other words, hiring provincially or territorially—so that you get people who actually want to go to those small communities, rather than those who may be looking for the bigger centres.
For example, in Delta they hire for people to stay in Delta, but in the RCMP, they're going to go all over. Part of the solution may be to hire people locally who, therefore, want to be in that area.
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to thank both of the chiefs and Tom Stamatakis for coming today.
My question will be for you, Tom, but first of all, I want to thank you for representing the front-line police officers. I know that many times they feel alone out there, with very little support, especially in our remote communities.
My question, Tom, is in relation to our public mental health and how our police officers, especially in remote communities, have to do so many tasks. I know you gave a media release to Global News. Municipal is a bit different from rural. I wonder if you could quickly give us some insight into what you feel we should be doing there.
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It's been great conversation today, all day.
My question is for Allen Benson. Allen, you have an extensive background. I'm really curious about some demographic issues. What's been happening in the last 20 years, and what do you, with your experience, see happening in the future with either urbanization or rural communities?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, I want to thank the witnesses today. It's really important for us to have experts like you to guide us and help us with your expertise in building some recommendations so that we can improve law enforcement and policing in Canada.
My first question is for Senator White.
I brought this up with the commissioner a little while ago, about the hiring and maybe divesting of hiring to provinces and territories for RCMP, rather than basically a centralized hiring process for all of Canada.
I wonder if in your time up north you maybe thought, wouldn't it be better if the provinces and territories were the ones that were actually doing the hiring? I know they have staffing officers in every province, but wouldn't that be better?
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
I also have a question for Mr. Wright, and for Mr. Cowan if we have time.
Mr. Wright, I noticed when I read your resumé that you talked about crime prevention versus crime reduction. You were talking about diverting youth away from criminal activity and steering them down the right side of the street versus their getting into crime and then it's very difficult. You mentioned that in your opening statement.
I wonder if you could each briefly comment. There's not much time left.
View Rob Morrison Profile
CPC (BC)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I want to start off with a brief comment. As a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for over 30 years, I am fortunate to have worked across Canada and internationally. I've worked with thousands of regular members, civilian members and public service support staff, as well as municipal and provincial police agencies.
The RCMP is a professional organization with outstanding employees. I am proud of my service, and I am confident in RCMP policing in Canada. I want to recognize the members of the RCMP who live in our communities. Their children grow up in our communities. They coach high school sports and volunteer for many events. I thank them for their service to Canadians, especially in tough times.
Right now, though, their morale is low. The members are looking for some leadership from senior management, and they're not getting that support. We're here to discuss racism in all departments of the federal government, specifically today with the RCMP, and we are here to discuss senior management recognizing current issues and being accountable to take corrective action.
I want to thank Minister Blair and Commissioner Lucki for being here today.
Minister, the government has admitted there is systemic racism in every department of the federal government, including in the RCMP. I know that your mandate letter does not identify the priority of working to engage your departments with instructions to eliminate racism, although diversity was in the commissioner's mandate letter.
Mr. Minister, can you explain why the commanding officer's cultural diversity advisory committee in British Columbia was dissolved?
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