Backgrounders

A SAFER CANADA: EQUIPPING POLICE TO PROTECT

Conservative Party of Canada | December 3, 2018

Law enforcement agencies in Canada need more help to curb gang violence. It’s not always a question of money, but rather of having the right tools to get the job done.

Justin Trudeau has failed to provide police with the equipment they need to keep Canadians safe. This failure has consequences. With gang violence on the rise, police need more and better resources to rid our streets of gangs.

On December 3, Andrew Scheer announced the third policy pillar in his plan for A Safer Canada: Equipping Police To Protect. Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives will work together with provinces and territories to put enough boots on the ground to lock up dangerous criminals. We will also do more to prevent young people from joining gangs in the first place and reduce recidivism rates.

Andrew Scheer’s plan consists of the following proposals:

  1. New funding to fight gangs
  2. Gang murders are at the highest point since statistics started being collected. It is important for the federal government to step up and assist other levels of government. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will cost-share new anti-gang law enforcement initiatives with provinces and territories.

  3. Create a Police Infrastructure Grant program
  4. There are more than 70 municipal policing agencies in Canada. Often, these forces have much less purchasing power than larger agencies like the RCMP. This is particularly true in rural and suburban areas, as well as some smaller urban centres. These agencies cannot always purchase new equipment to combat gun and gang violence and keep officers and the whole community safe. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will create a grant for these agencies to buy new equipment.

  5. Better information sharing to solve gun crimes
  6. Police agencies in Canada operate under a patchwork of rules and procedures when it comes to tracking information on guns used in crime. This leads to gaps in sharing information and intelligence that could help to solve crimes. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will make sure that information on guns found at crime scenes is given to the right authorities.

  7. Stronger background checks for gun licences
  8. A recent audit of firearms licensing shows that there are lengthy delays both in issuing licences to law-abiding gun owners and in investigating risks to the public. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will ensure that the Canadian Firearms Program has what it needs to conduct rigorous and effective background checks.

  9. More support to keep young people from joining gangs
  10. Putting gang criminals behind bars is important – but Conservatives want to stop young people from joining gangs in the first place. That is why Conservatives created the Youth Gang Prevention Fund in 2006 and made it permanent in 2011. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will increase the funds available for the Youth Gang Prevention Fund by 25% to ensure continued support for counselling, skills development, and other important programs.

  11. Making prison time meaningful
  12. Our prison system spends $60 million each and every year on jobs and skills training for prisoners. However, the government does not measure how effective these program are. A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will conduct an audit of all correctional services programs to make sure inmates are ready to rejoin society upon their release.