Liberalization of Markets

Private Reinforcements for Public Police Forces?

Policing costs have been rising for 25 years in Canada, while the number of criminal incidents per officer has fallen. These growing costs can be explained in part by an increase in the number of police officers, which has certainly contributed to a reduction in the crime rate, but also by the fact that those officers perform a growing number of tasks. In order to contain these rising costs while ensuring the same quality and scope of public safety services, the work of police officers should be refocused on their essential duties, and other categories of personnel should be employed wherever possible.

Media release: Police services: Subcontracting to private security agencies would check spending growth

Technical Annex (in French only)


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