MACP Committees

Mandate:

To provide a Provincial coordinating role for traffic safety issues.

Objectives:

  1. Promote cooperation, communication, and coordination among the Manitoba police community.
  2. Promote sharing among police in research, training, and policy standards.
  3. Develop, strengthen and maintain Provincial partnerships.
  4. Maximize the resources of police and partners towards safer roads.
  5. Provide recommendations on possible MACP directed initiatives to the MACP executive.

Chair: Inspector Chris Moore – RCMP

Mandate:  Act as an information sharing conduit and advocate for Tactical Teams within the province, ensuring consistency of best practices on training, operational tactics and equipment; achieved through continual research, identification of trends and targeted communication.

Objectives:

  • Promote cooperation, coordination and communication among Manitoba police agencies who deploy or have access to tactical teams.
  • Ensure the sharing of best practices for training, tactics, tools and policy, identified through continual scans of the current policing environment locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Formalize joint provincial partnerships between agencies with tactical teams and also agencies who rely on teams outside their immediate organization for tactical support, in the form of MOUs and agreements, to ensure efficient and effective deployment when shared tactical support is required.
  • Promote, support and encourage joint training between agencies who deploy tactical teams, to ensure understanding of capabilities along with differences and similarities between systems and tactics.
  • Provide recommendations on possible MACP directed initiatives to the MACP Executive

Chair: Inspector Brian Miln – Winnipeg Police Service

Mandate: Work with police services in Manitoba to encourage Restorative Justice as a first line response

Objectives:

  1. Establish an RJ resource person in each police service in order to establish a simplified communication
  2. Monitor and report on the effectiveness and efficiency of the provincial email system set up by the Restorative Justice Branch (RJB)
  3. Engage with RJB to increase the use of RJ referrals
  4. Identify significant contributions by individual police officers so that recognition can be given by MACP
  5. Arrange for knowledgeable and experienced guest speakers for MACP meetings
  6. Provide recommendations to the MACP executive

 

Chair: Insp. Catherine Light – RCMP

Mandate:

Consider matters relating to sustainable policing services and enhanced public safety for Indigenous peoples and their communities in Manitoba.

Objectives:

  1. Support a measured and consistent approach to large-scale protest management;
  2. Support the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Inquiry;
  3. Support the First Nations Policing Program (FNPP);
  4. Provide recommendations on possible MACP directed initiatives to the MACP executive.

ChairSuperintendent Darcy Fleury – RCMP

Mandate:

To provide a coordinating role in addressing the needs of the MACP by exploring current trends and important issues impacting the Manitoba law enforcement community and to provide strategic direction to address those needs.

Objectives:

1.       To work together to improve policies and procedures affecting law enforcement in the Province of Manitoba 

2.       To stay informed on Federal and Provincial Legislative changes affecting law enforcement in Manitoba

3.       Provide recommendations on possible MACP directed initiatives to the MACP Executive

Chair:   Chief Perry Batchelor – Altona Police Service

Mandate:

Address the needs of the Manitoba law enforcement community by identifying and facilitating the best practices in professional standards.

Objectives:

  1. Encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas regarding professional standards best practices, investigative strategies, trends and models within police organizations
  2. Promote the highest standard of Professional Standards investigations,
  3. Promote the development of Professional Standards investigators, and
  4. Support the work of, and maintain a direct relationship with the CACP PSU Sub-Committee.
  5. Provide recommendations on possible MACP directed initiatives to the MACP executive.

Chair: Inspector Eric Luke – Winnipeg Police Service

Mandate:

The Committee strives to address the needs of the Manitoba law enforcement community in combating organized crime. Governed by the importance of public safety, security, and quality of life-impacting all citizens of Manitoba and their communities, the Organized Crime Committee (OCC) promotes innovative law enforcement strategies, community safety initiatives and contributes to public policy and legislative change as a way to enhance the safety and security of all Manitobans.

Strategic Priorities/Objectives:

  1. To explore, evaluate and promote innovative law enforcement initiatives against organized crime through leadership at the Provincial  level, through:
    1. research,
    2. best practice/training,
    3. Provincial legislative/police reform,
    4. ensuring public awareness/education, and
    5. addressing gaps and barriers.
  2. Enhance public communications, awareness and education through advocacy with regard to policy and legislation.
  3. Promote policy development and action against organized crime.
  4. Forge partnerships and model action plans to guide a unified law enforcement response to the threat of organized crime in Manitoba.
  5. Reduce the threat and impact of organized crime.

Co-chairs:   Inspector Elton Hall and Inspector Max Waddell

MACP Positions

CACP Statements

CACP Statement: Replica Firearms

On February 16, 2021, the federal government of Canada introduced Bill C-21, a comprehensive
package of proposed legislative measures to combat firearms crime and reduce firearms-related
deaths. One such measure is to update the Criminal Code to ensure that any device, including an
unregulated airgun that looks exactly like a conventional regulated firearm, is prohibited for the
purposes of import, export, sale, and transfer.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) has been advocating for this legislative
change since August 2000, when the membership adopted resolution 2000-01 on replica firearms,
urging the Minister of Justice to amend the Criminal Code to include replica firearms as prohibited
weapons.

One of the key reasons for advocating for this legislative change then and now is that replicas
resemble real firearms and many of them are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. They
are encountered in the hands of criminals for street-level extortion, robbery, personal protection
from other criminals, and to intimidate or terrorize victims when committing an offence. As a
result, there has been a regrettable need for police officers to resort to the use of deadly force in
situations where they believe replica firearms to be authentic.

Not only can they appear to be authentic but, in certain cases, some replicas can easily be
converted into deadly weapons. Contributing to police concerns for public safety are also the facts
that imitation firearms are largely unregulated and that users can acquire them easily without
proof of age, licence, or competency.

Those who use replica firearms for recreational purposes and who emphasize the importance of
the ‘likeness’ of replica firearms to real guns to enhance the gaming experience have never found
themselves in a real-life situation facing an individual engaged in criminal activity who is armed
with a gun.

The CACP is not opposed to recreational activities involving the use of airsoft guns but
wholeheartedly supports the statement by Public Safety Canada that “these replica firearms should
look like ‘toy guns’.” One such way to achieve a noticeable difference and make imitation guns
easily distinguishable from real firearms would be to produce them in a bright colour such as red,
yellow, orange, etc. Furthermore, we agree that no recreational activity requires a replica firearm
with the capacity to shoot over 500 feet per second. If the activity is meant to be ‘a game’, then the
equipment should reflect that in their appearance, design, and velocity.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Canadian Police Association (CPA)
applaud the federal government’s decision to prioritize the distribution and administration of the
first COVID-19 vaccines to Canada’s most vulnerable citizens. We also support the decision to
include police officers in “Stage 2” of the vaccine rollout, thereby acknowledging the role of police
officers as first responders responsible for ensuring public safety.

According to Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization statement (NACIs guidance)
on the COVID-19 vaccine, “Many essential services (e.g. police, firefighters, food production)
cannot be provided virtually, potentially leading to an increased risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2.
Immunizing essential workers minimizes the disproportionate burden of those taking on additional
risks to maintain services essential for the functioning of society.”

Regretfully, not all provinces and territories have opted to follow the NACI guidelines. The CACP
and the CPA urge those that have excluded the police from the tier 2 vaccination stage to reconsider
and maintain the priority for front-line police officers, along with fellow first responders who
provide fire and paramedic services.

Our officers are called upon to enforce pandemic regulations and to respond to a multitude of calls
for service, involving various levels of risk, and requiring interactions with millions of Canadians.
Many policing functions cannot be completed from home and cannot comply with social distancing
rules. Therefore, police officers are at an increased risk of contracting and/or transmitting the virus
through interactions with the residents of the communities they serve.

While we are pleased that some provinces have included the police in round 2 of COVID -19
vaccinations, the CACP and CPA are asking for assurances that this will be the case for all front-line
police officers across the country. We are urging governments to include front-line police officers
on their priority list for vaccinations. We understand that our civilian employees may need to wait
for a later stage as we maintain rigorous COVID-19 protocols to help prevent the spread of the
virus.

Experience has shown that a COVID-19 outbreak in a police service can have significant
repercussions on the workforce, our operations, and lead to potential disruptions and delays in our
service delivery to the public.

Policing is an essential service. Public safety is our priority. Therefore, police officers should be a
priority on the vaccination list.

It is my pleasure to announce that Ms. Aviva Rotenberg will be joining the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police as the new Executive Director. She will assume the leadership of our national association on Monday, May 3, 2021.

Ms. Rotenberg comes to us from the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) where she has devoted 15 years of her career to supporting the goals and objectives of their professional association as the current Director of Strategic Initiatives and as a past Director of Professional Development.

Not only do Ms. Rotenberg’s training as a lawyer and her experience with the CBA confirm her knowledge and understanding of Canada’s justice system, but she also comes with a wealth of experience working and contributing to the leadership of a non-profit organization. To complement her acquired experience, she has also earned an Executive MBA specializing in Human Resource Leadership thereby emphasizing her ability to oversee the business functions of an organization. She is a strong leader with a proven track record for building teams and leading people, strategy and change.

The Special Purpose Committee responsible for the recruitment process is confident that Ms. Rotenberg will be a welcome addition to the national office team. We look forward to benefiting from her leadership, strategic planning, program development, innovation and business experience. We have no doubt that Ms. Rotenberg will be instrumental in helping the CACP to advance its mission and vision as well as achieve progress on the association’s organizational objectives as well as the national strategic policing priorities and monitored issues.

Please join me in welcoming Ms. Rotenberg to our organization.

Best regards,

Chief Bryan Larkin

President of the CACP

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