Canada Global (Web News) Some of the biggest police associations in Canada claim they are working together to figure out what led to the deaths of five officers in the last four months.
The Toronto Officers Association, the Ontario Provincial Police Association, the Canadian Police Association, and the Police Association of Ontario have announced that they are joining forces to analyse the relevant issues and then urge for reform to stop the “wave of violence” against police.
About 60,000 sworn and civilian police officers are represented by the associations, who say they will evaluate judicial and public policy frameworks, including bail and sentencing procedures.
Additionally, they said they’ll look at the “growing and chronic” scarcity of police personnel and whether Crime Stoppers initiatives need to be strengthened.
OPP Const. Greg Pierzchala, 28, was shot on December 27 while responding to a call about a car in a ditch west of Hagersville, Ontario. His burial was held on Wednesday.
Since September, four additional police officers have lost their lives while performing their duties in Canada: RCMP Constable Shaelyn Yang was fatally stabbed in Burnaby, British Columbia; South Simcoe Police Officers Devon Northrup and Morgan Russell were shot at a home in Innisfil, Ontario, and later died in a hospital; and Toronto Police Constable Andrew Hong was shot and killed in Mississauga, Ontario.