Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 18, 2008 09:25 ET

Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia Partner to Put More Police on Our Streets

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Cecil P. Clarke, Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Nova Scotia, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide Nova Scotia with $11.2 million as part of a new Police Officers Recruitment Fund. This Fund supports the Government of Canada's national effort to recruit 2,500 police officers and provides flexibility to the provinces and territories in hiring additional personnel across the country.

"The Government's most important duty is the protection of Canadians against threats to their safety and security, and our Government has been taking action where needed to get the job done," said Minister Day. "By making funding available to support the recruitment of new front-line police officers, we are delivering on a key platform commitment to enhance community safety. I am pleased we are partnering with Nova Scotia to strengthen law enforcement in the region."

"Safe, healthy and secure communities have always been a key priority for our government," said Nova Scotia Justice Minister Cecil Clarke. "This commitment by the federal government will increase public safety in our province by enhancing the scope and abilities of the law enforcement communities in conjunction with justice partners."

Budget 2008 has created a third-party trust fund of up to $400 million. The Fund is allocated over five years on a per capita basis. Nova Scotia has the flexibility to use its allocated portion of the funding and to reach their target of hiring an additional 70 officers over five years.

Each province and territory - in recognition of their jurisdiction over policing - is responsible for distributing funds to municipal and provincial/territorial police services. The provincial and territorial governments are encouraged to report directly to their residents on the expenditures and outcomes on the implementation of this initiative in hiring additional officers.

Tackling crime and strengthening the security of Canadians are paramount responsibilities for the Government of Canada. The introduction of the Police Officers Recruitment Fund further demonstrates that the Government takes these responsibilities seriously by providing assistance to the provinces and territories for the recruitment of 2,500 additional front-line police officers.


BACKGROUNDER

Police Officers Recruitment Fund

Operating Principles

Purpose

The Government of Canada is establishing a Police Officers Recruitment Fund for provinces and territories to participate in a national effort to recruit 2,500 police officers across the country, consistent with the high priority that the Government of Canada places on community safety. The purpose of the Fund is to support the efforts of provinces and territories in recruiting additional front-line police officers nationwide who can target local crimes and make communities safer.

Expected Uses of the Police Officers Recruitment Fund

Given the diverse public safety needs across Canada, provinces and territories are in the best position to decide how to direct the federal funding in ways that meet their respective policing priorities and public safety needs.

The Fund approach takes into account provincial jurisdiction for policing. It allows provinces and territories to draw down the funding as they require over the next five years and to allocate funding to municipal and provincial police services to be used to recruit new police officers within their jurisdiction.

Funding provided will support and complement investments by provinces and territories in the recruitment of police officers.

Accountability and Reporting to Canadians

All governments acknowledge the importance of reporting to Canadians about how public funds are used. Therefore, under this initiative, provincial and territorial governments are encouraged to report directly to their residents on the expenditures financed and outcomes achieved with the funding provided through the Police Officers Recruitment Fund.

Provincial and territorial governments are also encouraged to acknowledge in public announcements the funding contribution provided by the Government of Canada in respect of helping to support police officer recruitment.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    www.publicsafety.gc.ca