December 8, 2023
Ottawa, ON – The following statement is from Brian Sauvé, President and CEO of the National Police Federation following the passing of Bill C-48, an Act to amend the Criminal Code (bail reform).
“We welcome parliament’s decision to take action towards bail reform in Canada by swiftly passing Bill C-48. While this is a good first step towards addressing the challenges facing our bail system, we remain steadfast on the notion that legislative changes alone are unlikely to resolve the complex and long-standing problems within the bail system.
When our bail system works, we keep Canadians safe, we respect the rights of individuals facing criminal charges, and we free up police resources so our Members can do their jobs more effectively.
Ultimately, the ongoing lack of data-informed processes in our current system compromises public safety across Canada and increases risks for Members of the RCMP, and all police.
As recommended in our report, Smart Bail Initiatives: A Progressive Approach to Canada’s Bail System, there are ways to bring about meaningful improvements to Canada’s bail system. However, it will require a multi-faceted approach that is evidence-informed, targets improving data collection, increased information sharing and smarter use of court resources.
While the Government of Canada has now passed Bill C-48, provinces and territories must now do their part. The Canadian criminal justice system is a shared responsibility, and it is imperative for provinces and territories to collaborate to identify and implement smart bail initiatives that include workable, data-driven solutions that will ensure timely bail decision-making.”
About the National Police Federation:
The National Police Federation (NPF) represents ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally. We are the largest police union in Canada. The NPF is focused on improving public safety for all Canadians, including our Members by advocating for much-needed investment in the public safety continuum. This includes investments in police resourcing and modern equipment, as well as social programs including health, addiction, and housing supports to enhance safety and livability in the many communities we serve, large and small, across Canada.
For more information: https://npf-fpn.com/
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