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S.M. 2014, c. 9
Bill 31, 3rd Session, 40th Legislature
The Police Services Amendment Act (Community Safety Officers)
(Assented to June 12, 2014)
HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:
The following is added after section 77 and before Part 8:
COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICERS
A municipality may operate a community safety officer program in accordance with this Part.
Community safety officers are to work in collaboration with the local policing authority to enhance public safety by
(a) implementing crime prevention strategies and initiatives;
(b) connecting social service providers with persons in need; and
(c) maintaining a visible presence within the community.
To establish a community safety officer program in a municipality, an agreement respecting the operation of the program must be reached between the municipality, the local policing authority and the minister.
An agreement respecting the operation of a community safety officer program must address the following issues:
(a) management of the program;
(b) financing of the program;
(c) the direction and supervision of community safety officers;
(d) the relationship between the local policing authority and community safety officers;
(e) the process for dealing with complaints respecting the conduct of community safety officers;
(f) termination of the agreement.
A municipality may appoint community safety officers in accordance with this section.
To be eligible for appointment as a community safety officer, a person must have the prescribed qualifications.
A person must receive prescribed training on crime prevention, public safety, victim and social services and other related matters before being appointed as a community safety officer.
When appointing community safety officers, a municipality must take into account the diversity of the municipality.
The minister may, by regulation, authorize community safety officers to enforce prescribed enactments and perform the duties or exercise the powers under prescribed enactments, subject to any restrictions specified in that regulation.
A community safety officer has the powers and protections of a peace officer while exercising the additional powers referred to in subsection (1).
If authorized by the agreement under section 77.3, community safety officers may provide general assistance to the local policing authority in relation to non-criminal matters, when requested to do so by a member of the authority.
Community safety officers must be municipal employees.
A municipality is responsible for ensuring that its community safety officers perform their duties and exercise their powers in a proper manner.
A municipality is liable for the acts and omissions of its community safety officers in the performance or exercise, or intended performance or exercise, of their duties and powers.
A municipality operating a community safety officer program must provide the director with requested information and documents respecting the operation of the program and its community safety officers.
The establishment of a community safety officer program does not affect the powers, duties and responsibilities of the local policing authority in the municipality.
The minister may make regulations respecting community safety officer programs, including regulations respecting
(a) the ongoing training of community safety officers;
(b) uniforms and equipment for community safety officers;
(c) the performance of duties and responsibilities by community safety officers.
The following definitions apply in this Part.
"community safety officer" means a person appointed as a community safety officer under section 77.4. (« agent de sécurité communautaire »)
"local policing authority" means
(a) a municipal police service; or
Section 83 is repealed.
This Act comes into force on a day to be fixed by proclamation.