Sunday, September 06, 2009

Brant CAS Executive Director Koster seeks increased court security staff

At a meeting of the Brantford Police Services Board at the Brantford Police Station on March 20, 2008, it appears from the minutes of that meeting that Brantford Chief of Police, Derek V. McElveny reported that he had received two letters which spoke to what were then recently installed metal detectors at the local court house at 44 Queen Street, Brantford.

The two letters referred to in the minutes were from Douglas Reeves, Area Director of Legal Aid Ontario and from Andrew Koster, Executive Director of the Children's Aid Society of Brant.

Reeves' letter to the Chief of Police McElveny indicated his support for recent efforts by the Ontario Court of Justice to enhance security at the court house at 44 Queen Street.

Koster's letter to the Chief of Police McElveny in which Koster urged the Brant Police Service to provide staff for what was then the recently installed metal detectors at the court house at 44 Queen Street.

At the time, McElveny reported that Police Services staff were asked to respond to both letters by indicating that the Board was continuing to investigate this important issue and that adequate funding for court security would be discussed at a pending conference of the Ontario Association of Police Services Boards.

Sevent months later, in an October 2008 press release by the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, reported being "pleased that the Provincial Government has committed to begin uploading costs associated with court security" ... "beginning in 2012 as part of its response to the Provincial-Municipal Fiscal and Service Delivery Review" The release also stated that uploading of the costs to the Provincial Government were to be fully implemented by 2018.

The Foster Care Council of Canada is currently seeking copies of the letters mentioned above, and the response letters from Brant Police Service staff to Reeves and Koster in order to fully understand the concerns which may have been expressed by Children's Aid Society Executive Director, Koster in relation to child welfare clients attendance at the court house.


References:
Brant Police Service Board Meeting Minutes - Item 2. (f)
http://www.police.brantford.on.ca/Public%20Minutes%2008MAR20.pdf

Ontario Association of Police Service Boards
http://www.oapsb.ca/news/trans-costs.htm

1 comment:

  1. whats the word on the letters,?

    http://benjamindoolittle.com/blog/the-society-v-their-society/

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