Nov 02, 2017

By Christine Ross

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Ontario’s Liberals are expected to announce sweeping changes to the province’s policing laws which include strengthening oversight of the system and making it possible to suspend officers without pay. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi says there have been serious concerns about trust in policing. The changes are also said to include the first update to the Police Services Act in more than 25 years and will follow all of the recommendations contained in Appeal Court Justice Michael Tulloch’s report on police oversight, released earlier this year. The new act will for the first time clearly define police responsibilities as those that can only be performed by an officer. Under the current law, suspended officers have to be paid even when convicted of an offence, unless they are sentenced to prison.

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