WATERLOO REGION MPP CALLS FOR QUEEN’S COMMISSION TO INCLUDE MUNICIPAL POLICE AND FIRST NATIONS CONSTABLES

Published on December 09, 2021

Member of Provincial Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga, Mike Harris, Tables Private Members’ Legislation Seeking to Expand Eligibility Criteria for Queen’s Commission Award

 

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TORONTO – Seeking to recognize and honour the exceptional performance of all Ontario’s officers in the line of duty, Mike Harris MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, tabled the Police Services Amendment Act, 2021. If passed, the bill will amend the Police Services Act to allow officers serving in municipal and First Nations jurisdictions across the province to be eligible for the Queen’s Commission which is currently only attainable by the Ontario Provincial Police. The bill passed first reading in the Ontario Legislature today.

Ontario’s municipal officers and First Nations Constables face innumerable challenges and risk their lives in the daily performance of their duties. Under existing legislation, only non-commissioned officers serving with the Ontario Provincial Police qualify for the Queen’s Commission in recognition of exemplary performance.

The Legislation would like to recognize and honour dedicated officers from all jurisdictions, especially those who exercise demonstrable leadership consistent with seeking justice, applying the rule of law, and respecting human dignity and the democratic principles which uphold our society.

“The individuals who serve in Police forces all across Ontario risk their lives daily in the performance of their duties,” said Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga. “Whether at the municipal or provincial level, these duties call upon professionalism, leadership, courage and sacrifice, and I believe the Queen’s Commission is the best way to recognize the outstanding service of our officers.”

"As first responders, police at all levels have a unique responsibility to keep our communities safe," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "If passed, this bill would reinforce our government's commitment to honouring Ontario's police heroes by ensuring that all police officers, regardless of what community they serve, can be awarded for their dedication."

 

 

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