Thank you very much, Mr. Paul-Hus, and thank you for your comments.
The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police absolutely supports higher education and higher learning. Although policing and the ability to become a police officer are embedded in provincial legislation, we do believe there's an opportunity to look at a national framework with regard to unification of training standards and system requirements to join policing.
Specifically within Ontario, all you require is a high school diploma to become a police officer. Naturally, many police services across the province encourage post-secondary education, and we do track when members attend the Ontario Police College. We have a provincial-wide educational system for our new recruits. More than 90% of members who are joining policing now have post-secondary education, but we do believe there's an opportunity to become very focused in the education to become a police officer. Each year, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police sends global leaders across the world to study other policing systems.
We've seen a number of systems elsewhere in the world where academic approaches and robust training provide an enhanced level of policing in our community, so we do see that as a valuable recommendation. We would be willing to work on with government and Public Safety to advance national training standards.