The Police Association of Ontario (PAO) members recently gathered virtually for a Special General Meeting of the Membership to vote on a request made by the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) to join the organization.
The PAO membership voted unanimously in favour of the OPPA’s affiliation with the PAO. OPPA’s membership will become effective on January 1, 2021.
“I am so pleased to announce that the PAO membership endorsed the OPPA’s affiliation,” said Bruce Chapman, President, PAO. “Our provincial advocacy efforts, which include ensuring our members have access to adequate tools and resources to effectively uphold public safety and supporting the mental health and wellness of all first responders, will now be reflective of the priorities of nearly all policing members across Ontario. I truly believe we are stronger together, and I look forward to the OPPA being an active member of the PAO.”
With OPPA addition, PAO will become the official provincial representative, and voice for over 28,000 sworn and civilian members who make up the majority of Ontario’s policing professionals. Local level membership is composed of sworn police officers, 911 dispatchers, victim services personnel, special constables, administrative police service staff, and more.
“The OPP Association are excited to join the Police Association of Ontario. The formality of officially joining the PAO will formalize our years of collaboration to represent the interests of our members and the safety of the public,” said Rob Stinson, President, OPPA. “Our members work hard every day to keep our communities safe, healthy, and prosperous. Professional, well-trained, and committed, our members provide effective policing services to Ontario communities across nearly a million square kilometres of land and 100,000 square kilometres of waterway. Our members are proud to serve and are honoured to join the Police Association of Ontario.”
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