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Public Safety committee  Thank you. I think Chief Sloly said it very well. We put police officers, men and women, in these untenable situations, where we ask them to do too much. It's particularly a challenge in our more rural and remote parts of the country where there is no access to service and suppo

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Public Safety committee  I can jump in. In terms of the percentages that Chief McFee referred to, he's absolutely right. The vast majority of our calls are driven by issues related to mental health and addictions. The problem is that if the police don't respond to many of those calls, they can potential

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Public Safety committee  Thank you, Mr. Chair and members of the committee. I'd like to thank you for inviting me to participate today as you continue your important study into systemic racism in policing services in Canada. I note there are some new faces at the table since my last appearance, so very

July 24th, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  Yes, that's a significant concern for our members. I think police officers who are working in larger urban centres have access to more resources and to worker services with more capacity; however, it becomes a much bigger challenge for police officers and personnel who are workin

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  Yes, through this pandemic we have seen some changes to crime patterns. We are certainly seeing decreases in some areas—your typical traffic offences, residential B and Es—but increases in terms of violent crime and domestic violence. Commercial B and Es are a significant problem

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  The best way I can answer that question is to use my own home service as an example. We have seconded local police officers to an integrated unit, led by the RCMP, to manage those quarantine situations in the province of British Columbia. I believe, although I'm not a 100% sure

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  That's an issue, and I'm glad you asked the question, because one of the challenges we are having across jurisdictions is knowing not only where people on the front line—these are officers who are working every day interacting with people—are quarantined, or more importantly, arg

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  From my perspective, education is always the best first approach. We have to realize that we turned our society upside down. Literally overnight, we told citizens right across the country that they couldn't do things they'd always been able to do. Businesses were being closed dow

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  I think it's really important for the messaging to be consistent, starting with the federal government. That's why I think the federal government has a leadership role, then on through all of our provincial health officers and our elected officials provincially and then further t

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  Thank you for the question. That's why, in my opening remarks, I tried to emphasize that one of the challenges of policing in this very unprecedented environment is exactly what that officer you were in contact with described to you. We often don't know whom we're dealing with,

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  From my perspective, I think there needs to be better coordination around the messaging. We were hearing federal officials commenting publicly about things like self-isolation orders or quarantine orders. Those comments were widely covered by the media, yet on the street, on the

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Health committee  Mr. Chair, members of the committee, thank you for the invitation to appear before you this afternoon as you continue your study into the Canadian response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and for the opportunity to provide a front-line policing perspective on this important ongoing iss

April 22nd, 2020Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Public Safety committee  I suppose what I would say is that I'm advocating for them to have the ability to do that where they believe there's a reason to do so. I'm not suggesting you create a mechanism where they have to do it in every case.

May 1st, 2019Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Public Safety committee  It gives you a very brief description of the offence. There's no context or additional information.

May 1st, 2019Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis

Public Safety committee  No, and I would agree with my co-panellists here that record-keeping is an issue. The other issue is that while we all rely on CPIC nationally, provincially there are different databases that capture information as well. Even if you delete a record from CPIC, it doesn't mean the

May 1st, 2019Committee meeting

Tom Stamatakis