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Statement by GardaWorld on the MEI report : Private Reinforcements for Public Police Forces?

By: Nathalie de Champlain
January 29, 2015

GardaWorld welcomes the findings of the Montreal Economic Institute that the rapidly rising cost of policing can be effectively addressed by outsourcing non-core police duties, such as human resources, directing traffic, responding to burglar alarms and providing security at special events.

GardaWorld welcomes the findings of the Montreal Economic Institute (http://goo.gl/MkdWyM) that the rapidly rising cost of policing can be effectively addressed by outsourcing non-core police duties, such as human resources, directing traffic, responding to burglar alarms and providing security at special events.

The report states that there is no need for a police officer to review photo radar images in order to confirm speed limit infractions.

The authors of the report illustrate that thousands of dollars per day can be saved by staffing an impaired driving roadblock with two police officers and six security agents rather than eight police officers.

If, instead of being focused on extraneous tasks, police officers across Canada were freed to focus on their core roles of community policing, and crime investigation and prevention, citizens would be safer and better served. The private security industry in Canada is world-class, stringently regulated, highly trained and stands ready to take on many of those non-core functions.

In fact, private security companies like GardaWorld are already successfully performing non-core police work in many cities across Canada.