Canada home to a record number of police officers

Solved crime stats up too

The ranks of Canada’s police forces have grown by 69,000 people since 1981, according to Statistics Canada. Since then, the number of crimes solved is up too. In the first quarter of 2010, Canada added 2,000 police officers. Charles Momy of the Canadian Police Association told Postmedia News that officers have also been taking on new work outside their traditional roles–and that is not necissarily a good thing. “Unfortunately, police [have] become a social support mechanism when everything else is failing,” Momy said

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Canada home to a record number of police officers

  1. I wonder if the growth of the number of police would be the same had the recommendations of the Le Dain Commission been adopted?
    Would the prohibition of soft drugs have lead to the growth of organized crime?
    Would it have slowed the growth in the "BIG DRINKS" business? Or in the growth of " BIG PHARMA"? I think the war is lost and we are now fighting the "BIG PRISONS" gang./

  2. Anybody who denis this is proof positive of the constant march towards a police state is either a fool or a liar. No wonder governments keep hammering for more taxes. Every event seems to generate a billion dollar bill. These people are getting rich at the taxpayers expense. Even small town summer events seem to draw more 'security' than spectators.

    • Then perhaps I'm a fool. A police state happens when the people are oppressed by the law, whether there's only one cop or several million of them. It is not, as you seem to think, a place that happens to have a lot of police.

      While I agree with Mony, we shouldn't have police having to provide social supports — they lack the specialized training for it, for starts, the presence of more police is a good thing so long as they respect our rights.

      After all, the one thing that can actually deter a would-be criminal is the ready presence of police, thus increasing the odds of getting caught.

      • G20, Gee 20, G20. Anyway you spell it, it still says police state.

        • No argument there. They went over the line there and became oppressive. You'll note the sentence I included above "so long as they respect our rights"

          And while there were definitely some bad apples among the cops, there were also a lot of good ones. However, the primary problem with G20 wasn't the rank and file officer, it was the idiots up top — passing secret and unconstitutional legislation, etc. Again, I say, one cop or a million, the number doesn't matter. What matters is whether people are oppressed by the law. Anybody in Ontario who's upset by what happened should contact not only the mayor and premier, but their political parties as well. Let them know that they're going to pay the price for their actions at the next election.

          If we don't control the politicians, we most assuredly will descend to a police state, no matter how many cops are hired.

  3. ATTENTION LOWLY CITIZENS OF CANADA: WE WILL WARN YOU, BEFORE YOU CRITIQUE US CHOSE YOUR WORDS CAREFULLY……. OR ELSE
    POLICE GOOD. CITIZEN BAD. POLICE INFALLIBLE. CITIZEN STUPID.

    ANY NEGATIVE COMMENTS WILL BE TRACED AND EALTH WITH
    - CANADA POLICE

  4. The population in Canada in 1981 was 24 millions, it is now 38 millions. Is 69,000 officers a ''spectacular'' number for an increase of 14 millions people?

    And when I see people selling crack in the open downtown Ottawa in the middle of the afternoon on a summer day, ''too many cops'' is not what comes to mind.

    • it would be cool if there were more foot patrol police officers… in vancouver we also have crime in the streets ..the public would feel safer and there would be more order if police walked around and talked to the public and the locals

  5. Police managers as well are too often guilty of Empire building

    In decades of my asking the police to do their duty on my behalf too now I have yet to see them do anything good.

  6. I have visited New York City several times in the last few years and there are police on almost every block in Manhatten. You feel safe walking around anytime of the day or evening. With the increased gang activity in Calgary, I am happy to have the increased police presence. These gang members have hand guns that they got from the US and didn't register. The more police on foot in our downtown and public transit platforms, the better.

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