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Public Safety committee  Thank you very much for the question, sir. Certainly 15 or 20 years ago, the RCMP would not have allowed—or seldom would have allowed—you to transfer to the isolated northern communities in the three northern territories. At that time we had hundreds, if not more, applicants lo

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  Certainly in 2001 when we ran our Inuit recruiting pilot project, that's exactly the way we did that. We identified the barriers to hiring for Inuit into the RCMP. We developed solutions past those barriers, which did not include a reduction in qualifications. It was raising peop

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  I'm getting it now.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  When I was a police chief in Ottawa, we had a mobile mental health crisis unit, which meant that we had mental health workers working hand in glove with police officers supporting [Technical difficulty—Editors]. The concern is that it's still a downstream service and I would argu

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  Thank you very much for the question. My police training was with the RCMP, and we were training police officers to go everywhere and anywhere in Canada. You found out where you were going close to the end of your career. The training was not specific to the location you were ab

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  It's not a new problem, though. When I was there in 2001 when I first returned to Nunavut, we were bringing in officers from the south. When I was the police chief in Ottawa, I was seconding police officers to Nunavut to do short stints to help out as well. I would argue that th

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  I would agree that longer would be better, but it's more difficult to supply the resources if you extend the number of years. You are not going to have as many officers willing to take those postings to the north.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  The expectations that are placed on you in northern communities are to be not just a police officer but also to be a member of the recreation committee and to coach different teams, because there's an expectation placed by the community that when you come into those communities.

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  I think that question was for me. I didn't hear if you said it was, but if it was, certainly I do think two years is a short period of time. I think really good police officers will make themselves engaged quickly and ramp it up. The communities often identify that two years is n

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  I will. My last point is in relation specifically to systemic racism. I would argue that in all government organizations, there has been, and most often still is, systemic racism. This includes the police. An example I've used is representation. In fact, a report from a parliam

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  Thank you very much, and good afternoon. I want to thank you for inviting me to the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security, which is studying systemic racism in policing in Canada. If I may, I'll introduce myself, which will help members better focus their

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  I left the RCMP as an assistant commissioner in 2005. Following my time as a member of the RCMP—

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White

Public Safety committee  Following my time as a member of the RCMP, I spent seven years as a police chief, two years in Durham Region and then five years here in Ottawa. From an education perspective, I have an undergraduate degree from Acadia University, a master's from Royal Roads and a doctorate from

July 23rd, 2020Committee meeting

Vernon White