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CACP 2019 focuses on backbone of organizations: “our people”

August 16, 2019  By Staff

“Our police services consist of individuals of all different age ranges, in different life stages, with different backgrounds and different specialties,” said Calgary Police Chief Mark Neufeld. Photo: R. Francoeur

The Blue Line team grabbed their boots and hats for the recent 114th annual Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police’s (CACP) Conference in Calgary, Alta., featuring a human resources theme.

“This year, we will focus our discussions on our people, the backbone of our organizations,” said CACP President, Chief Constable Adam Palmer. “This conference is about taking a thoughtful and critical look at what we do, how we do it, why we do it, and who is doing it. We will look at police practices, challenges and trends and how focusing on our people can create an environment to improve the health and safety of police officers and civilian members, thereby allowing them to focus on the health and safety of the communities they serve.”

The conference theme, “From the top: A strategic HR approach,” lead to sessions and discussions on topics such as factors driving strategic human resource planning for the future police workforce; the specialization, civilianization or professionalization of today’s police services; modernizing training with technology; accommodations in a changing police environment; and dealing with high conflict personalities.


“Our police services consist of individuals of all different age ranges, in different life stages, with different backgrounds and different specialties,” added Mark Neufeld, chief of the Calgary Police Service, which co-hosted the event. “Men and women, sworn and civilian, shift workers and office workers. Our strength is in our diversity and this brings both opportunities and challenges. Every workplace, whether you are in the private or public sector, faces challenges which can create conflict. The key is to navigate through conflict in a constructive way.”

The conference, which ran from Aug. 12-14, saw about 425 delegates attend and also included a policing trade show with more than 150 exhibits highlighting technology and other tools of the trade, including an exciting credibility assessment tool you’ll hear more about from us soon.

On Monday, at the Annual General Meeting, the CACP also elected its new board of directors for 2019-2020. New members include:

• Quebec director: Directeur Sylvain Caron, Montreal Police Service
• Federal director: Deputy Comm. Michael Duheme, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
• British Columbia director: Chief Const. Len Goerke, West Vancouver Police Department
• Ontario director: Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service
• Ontario director: Chief Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Regional Police Service
• Nova Scotia director: Chief Peter McIsaac, Cape Breton Regional Police Service, and
• Quebec director: Directeur Robert Pigeon, Québec City Police Service.

In addition, six new resolutions were adopted by the membership calling on the government and/or other agencies to take action to help improve policing and public safety in Canada.

More from our time at CACP 2019 in the photos below. Thanks to Calgary Police Service and all CACP staff for such an excellent time!

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Next year’s CACP will take place in Victoria, B.C. See you there!

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