Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference kicks off in Ottawa


(Via Ottawa Police)


Ottawa, Ontario – The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) commenced their 111th Annual Conference in Ottawa, Ontario by welcoming approximately 400 delegates and 168 exhibitors to the annual meeting of Canada’s policing leadership. The conference is co-hosted with the Ottawa Police Service.

Theme: “Public Safety in a Digital Age: Real Victims, Real Crime” 

CACP President Chief Clive Weighill and Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau, met with media to discuss the theme of this year’s conference: “Public Safety in a Digital Age.”

“Police services across the world are facing new challenges and threats related to technological developments and the criminal innovation that has ensued. This year’s conference will be an opportunity to share, learn and work together on a way forward that helps us fuse traditional policing with modern day cyber activity,” stated Chief Bordeleau.

Cybercrime has real world long-lasting consequences. According to the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), recent studies show that crime conducted over the Internet now accounts for 53% of all UK crime in 2015. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) and Ransomware attacks were cited the most common forms of cyber-crime committed. The European Cyber Crime Center (EC3) estimates around 1 million people a day become victims worldwide.

In Canada, the recent Osterman Research Study reports that 44 of 125 Canadian companies interviewed suffered a ransomware attack in the past 12 months of which 33 of the victims paid a ransom that was between $1,000 and $50,000 in order to regain stolen data.

Canadian healthcare and financial industries were most affected, industries highly dependent on access to business critical information.

Chief Weighill: “Our theme reflects the importance that society places on technology, and our growing awareness of the impacts—positive and negative—that technology has on our lives. We are all aware of the painful and often tragic consequences that can result from victimization where technology is a factor. We will explore the challenges inherent in these complex investigations and learn from them. As stated in the NCA report, criminal capability development is currently outpacing our response as a community and that only by working together across law enforcement and the private sector can we successfully reduce the threat of cyber crime.”

Speakers from Canada and abroad include police, academics, industry and non-governmental bodies dedicated to protecting individuals and companies from becoming victims of technological crime. There will also be specialists on what the surviving victims of cybercrime need in order to recover, heal and carry on with their lives.

Presentations include: The International Law Enforcement Cybercrime Experience – Challenges and Lessons Learned; Partnerships: Industry/Academia/NGOs – Defining the Scope of the Problem; Meeting The Needs of Victims of Crime: A Cyber Perspective; Privacy NOT Anonymity – Finding the “Right” Space and not the “Dark” Space; Cybercrime Statistics – If you don’t have the numbers, there is no problem; and Connecting Technology to Your Top Challenges.

Chief Clive Weighill Reflects on 2-year Term in Message Delivered to Delegates: 

“As my term as President comes to a close, I want to briefly highlight some of the CACP’s achievements that I consider the most important. First, we are actively engaged with the federal government on our respective priorities, and have found strong parallels and opportunities for a constructive working relationship.

Second, we have stated, re-stated, and demonstrated our commitment to Canada’s First Peoples. We have emphasized the need for a holistic and comprehensive response, one grounded in social justice rather than the criminal justice system. The way forward requires that we improve social and economic conditions facing our indigneous population, thus reducing an overrepresentation in the criminal justice system. In this regard, we are aligned with the Assembly of First Nations and other organizations seeking a better path ahead.

I can assure the indigenous population that the police will cooperate with all facets of the inquiry and if a particular event requires review or clarification, we will assist the commissioners and the family involved. This in itself is not the solution. The focus needs to be on examining the root causes of why these women and girls are the targets of violence. In my opinion, if we don’t solve the issues of poverty, poor housing, disadvantage we’re still going to continue to have women violently assaulted, murdered or missing.

Third, we have kept a sharp focus on mental health, both in terms of police responses to situations that take place in the community and from the perspective of organizations whose members are also affected by mental health issues stemming from their work.

I am very satisfied with what we have accomplished on these and other fronts, and trust that we have shown Canadians that Canada’s police leaders are responsive, accountable and transparent. We are committed to our mission of “safety and security for all Canadians through innovative police leadership.”

CACP/Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness: 

The CACP/Motorola Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness has been established to recognize a standard of excellence that exemplifies the combined efforts of police, fire, and emergency medical services in preparing their agencies for any subsequent response to natural or man made disasters leading toward the contribution and dedication to the quality of life in our communities

The 2016 recipients of this award are:

Emergency Preparedness Program: Toronto Police Service in partnership with City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management – Emergency Action Planning Process for Special Events: A coordinated initiative that recognized a gap in assessing event risks and emergency planning. The ultimate goal of the program was to develop a process for special event organizers to create emergency action plans to share amongst all stakeholders ensuring coordinated responses in the event of an emergency during a special event.

Emergency Response Exercise: York Regional Police – for exercise Leviathan. This is the largest emergency management exercise in York Region’s history. The aim of the exercise focused upon building resiliency through integration, cooperation and collaboration with many community stakeholders

CACP Voluntary Recognition Awards: 

The CACP is also proud to recognize one of its members for outstanding voluntary service to the CACP and law enforcement throughout Canada. This years recipient is:

Chief Robert Lunney (RTD.), CACP Past-President, Past-Director – CACP Research Foundation

Chief Lunney began his impressive and extensive policing life in 1953 when he joined the RCMP where he remained for 21 years. His career later included 12 years as the Chief of Police in Edmonton, being named as Commissioner of Protective Services in Winnipeg and then as Chief of Peel Regional Police in 1990, a position he held until 1997. Since that time, he has worked actively as a policing consultant and representative internationally.

Chief Lunney served as President of the CACP in 1984-85. He has always continued to be a constant and reliable source, a trusted advisor and friend to all within our organization. He continues to volunteer with the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and as a past-

member of the Board of Directors of the CACP Research Foundation bringing to it his extensive experience in policy, research and practice. His passion for policing continues.

OttawaStart Staff


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