COMMISSION DE SERVICES POLICIERS D’OTTAWA
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DATE 26 November 2012
TO/DEST. Chair and Members, Ottawa Police Services Board
FROM/EXP. Executive Director, Ottawa Police Services Board
SUBJECT/OBJET AMENDMENT TO BOARD POLICY ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
That the Ottawa Police Services Board approve the amended Board Policy #LE‑036 on Child Pornography (Internet Child Exploitation) set out in Annex A.
The Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services publishes a Policing Standards Manual that contains guidelines to assist police services boards, chiefs of police and municipalities with their understanding and implementation of the Police Services Act and associated regulations, including the Regulation on the Adequacy and Effectiveness of Police Services. The Ottawa Police Services Board has adopted the standard guidelines published by the Ministry through its policies contained in Chapter 4 of the Board’s Policy Manual. These policies form part of the Board’s instructions to the Chief of Police. For each Board policy there is a corresponding police service “procedure” that contains the detailed operational requirements mandated by the Ministry.
In October 2012 the Ministry issued an “All Chiefs Memo” advising of amendments to the Ministry Guideline on Child Pornography (LE-036). This Ministry guideline is captured in the Board’s Policy LE-036 of the same name.
Guideline LE-036 was developed in 2000 and is being amended now to address the proliferation of the internet and technology facilitating child pornography, and the needs of police to respond. The Ministry established a working group with representatives from the Provincial Strategy to Protect Children from Sexual Abuse and Exploitation on the Internet (Provincial Strategy) to conduct a review of the guideline. The former Policing Standards Advisory Committee was also consulted and was supportive of the changes to the revised Child Pornography guideline.
The current version of the Board policy is as follows:
LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE / AUTHORITY
Ontario Adequacy Standards Regulation 3/99, section 29
It is the policy of the Ottawa Police Services Board with respect to child pornography investigations that the Chief of Police will:
a) develop and maintain procedures that require that investigations be undertaken in accordance with the police service’s criminal investigation management plan; and
b) require that the Ontario Provincial Police Child Pornography Unit be immediately notified in all cases of suspected child pornography.
The policy as amended by the Ministry contains the following changes:
A copy of the revised Board policy with the amendments incorporated is attached at Annex A. Amendments to the police service portion of the Ministry Guideline will be captured in the Chief’s internal procedures.
No consultation was required as the amendment was made by the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and all police services boards are expected to adopt the policy guidelines issued by the Province.
There are no financial implications associated with this report.
All police services boards in Ontario are expected to adopt policies that are consistent with the standard guidelines issued by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services. The Ministry has made revisions to the Child Pornography Guideline, which is reflected in the Board’s Policy Manual as Policy LE-036. Approval of the amendments proposed in this report will ensure the Ottawa Police Services Board remains compliant with Ministry standard guidelines.
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