CCPS im­ple­ment­ing rec­om­men­da­tions

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - LOIS ANN BAKER

The Corn­wall Com­mu­nity Po­lice Ser­vices’ Ma­jor Case Man­age­ment was re­cently re­viewed by the Min­istry of Com­mu­nity Safety and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and Deputy Chief Des­ig­nate Shawna Spowart told the CCPS board CCPS did very well.

Al­though the re­view has re­cently been com­pleted, Spowart said there wasn’t enough time for a for­mal re­port, so opted in­stead to pro­vide the board with a ver­bal up­date.

Spowart said the min­istry found only four rec­om­men­da­tions for CCPS to im­prove how they han­dle ma­jor cases.

The first was just a few word­ing changes in the di­rec­tives, she said. “Most of them are mi­nor.”

Spowart said she ex­pected those word­ing changes to be made very quickly.

The se­cond area for im­prove­ment was in train­ing in the area of case man­age­ment.

“We were found to be non-com­pli­ant in the case of two of­fi­cers who did not have the proper train­ing to in­ves­ti­gate ma­jor cases,” said Spowart. How­ever one of the of­fi­cers has since re­tired so it is a non-is­sue and the other will re­ceive the proper train­ing by the end of Novem­ber. “Lastly there were some de­fi­cien­cies iden­ti­fied in the area of Power Case,” she said. Power Case is the soft­ware used by CCPS to in­ves­ti­gate ma­jor cases and this is­sue was a train­ing is­sue as well.

“The On­tario Po­lice Col­lege is re­vis­ing their train­ing pro­gram on Power Case,” said Spowart. “So we are un­able to get the train­ing (at this time). We are wait­ing for the On­tario Po­lice Col­lege to com­plete the pro­gram.”

Spowart said she was hop­ing the train­ing will be avail­able in the new year.

The fi­nal item CCPS needs to take care of is the proper clas­si­fi­ca­tion of in­ci­dents. In­ci­dents not prop­erly clas­si­fied might not make it into the in­ves­tiga­tive soft­ware.

Spowart said CCPS had 90 days to present a plan to rec­tify these is­sues, which should be no prob­lem.

“They are not ask­ing for these is­sues to be com­pleted,” she said. “They are just ask­ing us to out­line the plan.”

“Is it like an au­dit, they just take a year (for an in­spec­tion),” asked board mem­ber Les­lie O’Shaugh­nessy. Chief Des­ig­nate Danny Aik­man said it was.

“Are they prone to at least find one thing, or is this some­thing where we can get a clean bill,” asked O’Shaugh­nessy, com­par­ing the au­dit to one done at Glen- StorDun Lodge where they al­ways seem to find at least one is­sue. “Is that the case here also?”

“We share that same ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Chief Dan Parkin­son.

Board mem­ber Michel Payette asked how could they call the lack of train­ing in Power Case a de­fi­ciency if the train­ing is not avail­able.

“There used to be a two-week course, a very ex­pen­sive course,” replied Spowart. “They found it was highly tech­ni­cal and above the level of what the general of­fi­cer would need.”

This was why the On­tario Po­lice Col­lege was re­vamp­ing the course, she said.


CCPS Deputy Chief Des­ig­nate Shawna Spowart with Chief Des­ig­nate Danny Aik­man on Wed­nes­day Novem­ber 7, 2018 in Corn­wall, Ont. Spowart gave a ver­bal up­date of the re­cent Ma­jor Case Man­age­ment Im­prove­ment Plan at the CCPS board meet­ing.

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