LETTERS – APRIL 2013
February 28, 2013 By Morley Lymburner
379 words – MR
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Paul Guindon, Chair of the Corps of Commissionaires, recently wrote regarding Robert Lunney’s article and our article about the Canadian Third Way for creating a national standard in private security (
He referenced our description of the Civic Protection Institute (CPI) and suggests we use flawed assumptions. I believe this compares apples to oranges. The CPI is not a security company just as CATSA is not an airport security screening company.
Unfortunately, while governments have legislated some standards, saying a thing does not make it so. Without an independent, auditing and compliance service – with highly skilled auditors to actually do the audits – police chief’s and boards are vulnerable. As the saying goes, the buyer must always beware.
The CPI is a national “Consumer’s Report” for reducing risk to police leaders who wish to explore new alternate service delivery options in the private sector.
We have the highest respect for the Corps of Commissionaires. It is non-profit, has been around for ages and, out of hundreds of security organizations in Canada, it is widely respected – but it is only one of many. CPI levels the playing field for all companies by ensuring chiefs and boards have access to a pre-qualified pool of private vendors certified at the highest standard.
The CPI pool is open to any security agency in Canada. Because our standards are considerably higher than ISO and CGSB, not all companies will make the grade but those that do will be the cream of the crop.
Chief Operating Officer
Civic Protection Institute
My late husband, Joseph W. “Joe” Ross passed away December 20, 2012 in Ottawa. Since his retirement, Joe’s health was on a gradual decline. His police family was his life… to the end.
The article you published in the June/July 2007 issue was certainly an appropriate and accurate description of his life and accomplishments.
A funeral service was held in Ottawa on December 29, 2012 and a memorial service took place in Halifax on January 12, 2013, where Joe was eulogized in a most dignified farewell.
Joe always enjoyed your magazine and I just wanted to share this with you.
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