CCPS implementing recommendations
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.