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Statement from Minister Blaney on the Economics of Policing: National Policing Research Symposium

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/07/14 -- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement to mark the conclusion of the National Policing Research Symposium, co-hosted by Public Safety Canada and Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Symposium was part of the Economics of Policing initiative.

"Our Government remains committed to the safety and security of Canadians. That is why Public Safety Canada, along with provincial and territorial Governments, municipal representatives, police services and policing associations, academics and other stakeholders have partnered on the Economics of Policing - a collaborative initiative to help ensure the long-term sustainability of Canada's high-performing policing services.

Research is one of our priorities as we work to transform and strengthen policing in Canada. Over the past three days, law enforcement leaders, frontline police officers, Canadian and international academics, federal, provincial and territorial government officials and other partners discussed the creation of a national policing research network. The purpose of such a network would be to provide leadership and coordination, expand and promote policing research, and contribute to improved policing and public safety in Canada.

Symposium participants also identified and prioritized key areas that require research. A national research agenda will help guide future research and ensure that evidence-based research is available to inform and influence the future of policing in Canada.

In November 2013, Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Justice and Public Safety approved the Economics of Policing - Shared Forward Agenda for policing and public safety in Canada. The Agenda was the result of consultations with many key stakeholders and partners and will guide future activities. The National Policing Research Symposium that took place this week was one of several collaborative activities underway as part of the Shared Forward Agenda initiative."

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