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December 16, 2010 12:30 ET

Public Safety Minister Welcomes Statistics Canada Report on Police Resources in Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 16, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Canada's Minister of Public Safety, made the following statement regarding yesterday's release of the Statistics Canada report, Police Resources in Canada, 2010

"Since first elected, we have continued to take action to prioritize the rights of victims in the criminal justice system and protect the safety of our communities. This government continues to deliver on its ongoing commitment to strengthen law enforcement by giving our police tools that work to prevent and solve crimes," said Minister Toews. "In addition, we are pleased that our legislation to protect victims from sex offenders received Royal Assent yesterday and will come in force in the New Year. Our efforts ensure the National Sex Offender Registry will be an effective tool for our police to prevent and solve crimes. Our government realizes that much work remains to be done, and we will continue our attempts to pass important reforms that will give our police the tools they need to make our streets and families safer."

In the report, Police Resources in Canada, 2010, Statistics Canada found that:

  • Police officer strength is at its highest point since 1981. There were 69,299 active police officers in Canada on May 15, 2010, an increase of almost 2,000 officers from 2009.   
  • Steady increase of female officers continues. Women represented about one in five officers, compared to approximately one in 15 reported in 1990. 
  • Largest annual increase in constant dollar expenditures on record. Much of this increase in 2009 can be attributed to increases in police personnel. 

Some of the steps the Government of Canada has taken against crime include:

  • Since 2007, the RCMP has hired more than 6,000 new cadets. In 2009 alone, the RCMP recruited over 1,600 cadets;
  • A $400M police officer recruitment fund;
  • The expansion of programs to prevent youth from joining gangs;
  • A national program led by the RCMP to prevent and combat the production of drugs such as methamphetamines and ecstasy;
  • Tougher bail provisions and mandatory prison terms for those who commit serious gun crimes;
  • Introduced new legislation that would establish mandatory jail time for major production, importation or exportation of illegal drugs where aggravating factors exist; 
  • Our bill targeting organized crime and gang-related violence, which came into force on October 2, 2009, made all murders committed in connection with organized crime first-degree murders. It also created a new offence to target drive-by and other reckless shootings;
  • Introduced the Preventing Human Smugglers from Abusing Canada's Immigration System Act to ensure law enforcement have the tools they need to crack down on human smugglers; and
  • Our bill limiting 2-for-1 (and sometimes 3-for-1) which ensures criminals serve their sentences in custody.

"We will continue to work with our justice partners to fight crime through new legislation, intelligence-led law enforcement, effective corrections and improved crime prevention," added Minister Toews.

The report, Police Resources in Canada, 2010, is available on Statistics Canada's website:

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