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CACP Supports Federal Measures to Crack Down on Cyberbullying

 CACP Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 26, 2013

CACP Supports Federal measures to Crack Down on Cyberbullying

 OTTAWA, ON– The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) fully supports the introduction of Bill C-13 to combat cyberbullying and the distribution of non-consensual intimate images.  It is time that Canadians collectively make a statement that this type of on-line behaviour will not be tolerated and that there are criminal consequences to such actions. The CACP believes this bill will contribute towards doing just that.

 “This legislation will assist law enforcement by providing new tools to protect youth and adults from cyberbullying. The Internet, while a useful tool in the everyday life of most Canadians, can also be used by some to harass and exploit others.  This type of activity often has a devastating impact on the victims  and we have seen in recent tragic cases that this form of torment and extortion has led to teen suicide,” says the President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Vancouver Police Chief Constable Jim Chu. “Our children deserve to grow up free from bullying, harassment and intimidation.”

 The CACP commends the work of the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Working Group on Cyberbullying who produced a detailed study on this issue and whose recommendations form a basis for this legislation. The CACP also commends victims and stakeholders who have personally endured such tragedy and who contribute towards raising awareness of this issue.

 Education and awareness of community resources are key: “Canada's police services are determined to help put an end to bullying. We need to continuously develop and promote community approaches, education, assistance and discussion amongst families and teens,” stated Chief Eric Jolliffe, Chair of the CACP Victims of Crime Committee.

 The CACP has continuously advocated for the need to modernize laws written in the rotary telephone era so that the police can more effectively investigate and prosecute those who commit crimes in an Internet era. Bill C-13 provides badly needed electronic evidence collection measures which clearly require judicial authorization – a warrant. 

 Collaboratively, we can find solutions. The Internet, however, cannot be a safe-haven for criminal activity whether they be related to cyberbullying, on-line fraud, sexual exploitation, organized crime or any other cyber-crime.

 The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police was established in 1905 and represents approximately 1,000 police leaders from across Canada.  The Association is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Through its member police chiefs and other senior police executives, the CACP represents in excess of 90% of the police community in Canada which include federal, First Nations, provincial, regional and municipal, transportation and military police leaders.

 

Timothy M. Smith

Government Relations and Strategic Communications,
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police



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