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What to know about amendments introduced to Police Act

Amendments include:

On police governance, police boards will see changes by:

  • requiring municipal councils to determine who their representative will be on their police board;
  • allowing police boards to elect their chair and vice-chair; and
  • introducing mandatory training, a new code of conduct and requirements for boards to develop policies for handling service and policy complaints.

On police oversight, improved efficiency of police misconduct investigations and discipline include:

  • changing the definition of misconduct to align with the Human Rights Code and to capture discriminatory jokes and gestures;
  • addressing gaps in the oversight of detention guards in police lockups;
  • allowing the police complaint commissioner to call a public hearing earlier in misconduct investigations;
  • providing the police complaint commissioner authority to conduct systemic reviews and investigations into the causes and contributors of police complaints; and
  • ensuring that a new class of safety officers employed by local governments and First Nations can function as lockup or jail guards, or work in health-care facilities or schools, and will be subject to independent oversight.

Other amendments will strengthen the policing system by:

  • expanding who may redeploy police officers in an emergency to ensure there is no delay in emergency response;
  • updating the regulations around police uniforms to match current day practice, which has not been updated since the 1970s; and
  • changing language by replacing the term police force with police service.