PAO Services

Membership

The Police Association of Ontario is the official voice and representative body for Ontario's front-line police personnel, and provides representation, resource and support for 53 police associations. Our membership is comprised of over 18,000 police and civilian members of police services.

Our primary purpose, as set out in our Constitution, is to elevate the standards of the police profession, and to advance the collective interests of our members.

PAO Vision

The Police Association of Ontario is the unifying voice for Ontario's professional police personnel.

PAO Mission

The Police Association of Ontario will provide leadership to protect and advance the collective rights and interests of its membership.

Core Values

Integrity - We do the right thing even in difficult situations, follow through on our commitments and work from a position of trust and accountability.

Respect - We think and act in ways that are fair, considerate and professional.  Creating an environment that is positive, recognizes everyone's contributions and establishes open, two-way communication.

Collaboration - We work together as a team to best serve our collective membership, bringing forward and putting in place the best possible solutions to support decision-making that reinforces the Vision and Mission.

Dedication - We demonstrate commitment, perseverance and diligence in our work, while practicing open, receptive and partnership-oriented leadership that benefits the policing community as a whole.

Provincial Legislation

The PAO is involved in a variety of activities at the provincial level, on behalf of front-line police and civilian members. Through lobbying and representation with government principals, the PAO has made significant advances on a number of critical pieces of legislation which impact on our membership and the community that they serve:

As the provincial spokesperson for front-line police personnel the PAO represents our members on a variety of government committees dealing with policing issues, including:

  • Ontario Police Health and Safety Committee
  • Ontario Police Arbitration Commission
  • Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board (OMERS)
  • Equipment Advisory Committee
  • Ontario Section 21 Health and Safety Committee
  • Policing Standards Advisory Committee

Member Communications

Our member associations are regularly informed of PAO activities and developments within the police community, such as bargaining and legislation, through electronic communications, our bulletin called The PAO News and the PAO magazine.

The PAO convenes a minimum of three membership meetings a year, to provide our members the opportunity to shape PAO policy and direction, and to exchange information and participate in workshops on current issues.

The PAO holds two civilian workshops each year to provide an additional forum to address issues and provide training on matters of particular concern to our civilian representatives.

Technology & Resource

For several years the PAO has been represented on a provincial committee overseeing standards for all Ontario police services.

Over the past year the PAO has been a lead stakeholder in Ministry discussions concerning new standards and regulations for Ontario police services. Once approved, these standards will influence local decisions concerning a wide range of policing responsibilities and issues, including:

  • Staffing and Resources
  • Auxiliary Police
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Police Communications
  • Tactical Units
  • Committees

The PAO represents our members on a variety of government committees dealing with policing issues, including:

  • Ontario Police Health and Safety Committee
  • Ontario Police Arbitration Commission
  • Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board (OMERS)
  • Equipment Advisory Committee
  • Police Learning System Advisory Committee
  • S.I.U. Consultative Committee
  • Communication and Networking

Our member associations are regularly informed of PAO activities and developments within the police community, such as bargaining and legislation, through our bulletin, The PAO News.

Special Bulletins are also distributed to notify associations of new developments in a timely manner. More recently our magazine, the PAO, is distributed to all PAO members in an effort to increase member awareness of issues affecting you the front-line civilian member or police officer.

The PAO convenes a minimum of three membership meetings a year, to provide our members the opportunity to shape PAO policy and direction, and to exchange information and participate in workshops on current issues.

The PAO holds two civilian workshops each year to provide an additional forum to address issues and provide training on matters of particular concern to our civilian representatives.

Technology & Resource

The PAO continues to look for means to use technology to improve efficiency and increase service levels for our members.

We maintain a secure database on the Internet, which provides statistical data, arbitration awards and other information to provide easy access for local association representatives. We also have a public website, which enhances our communications and increases the level of information between the PAO and members of local police associations.

In addition to maintaining our database and website, the PAO maintains a law library and subscriptions to a variety of related periodicals and research materials. We distribute regular updates on recent settlements and awards, and publish important discipline and court cases for the information of our member associations.

The PAO maintains on its website an Association Manual which is a comprehensive handbook for association representatives. This includes a model collective agreement with suggested contract language for a variety of employment issues.

Training and Education

The PAO provides ongoing support for member association representatives through a variety of training programs, developed internally and in conjunction with other agencies. These have included:

  • PAO Negotiations Workshop
  • PAO Mediation/Arbitration Workshop
  • Joint Police Services Act Seminars
  • PAO Media Relations Course
  • PAO Effective Presentations Seminar
  • Annual PAO Educational Seminars
  • Workshops on topical issues held in conjunction with PAO meetings
  • Specialized Workshops, which have included Pay Equity, Workers' Compensation and Human Rights

Police Employment Conference

The PAO promotes cooperative Labour-Management Relations through our annual Police Employment Conference. The two day program attracts over 200 registrations each year from across Canada, including police association representatives, all levels of police management, police service board members, government officials and municipal leaders.

Amalgamations

Members across this province are faced with a potential change of local police service delivery. In some locations amalgamations of two or more existing municipal police services are being considered. In others, areas policed by municipal police are being considered by the OPP, and/or OPP policing areas are being considered by municipal police services. In some locations all of these options are being considered.

The PAO does not advocate any particular policing model, and will not offer an opinion on which delivery model should be used in a given location. We maintain, however, that no member, police or civilian, should be disadvantaged as a result of a change in police service delivery. Every member should be treated fairly and equitably in the process. Members should be represented at all stages of the local decision making process and be informed as developments occur.

Executive

The PAO is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of 8 members, elected by local association delegates at our Annual General Meeting. The demands on board members are significant, with upwards of 100 days per year in recent years for senior members of the board, such as the President and Chair.

The board is supported by four full time staff and maintains offices in Toronto.

Conclusion

The PAO has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, in response to increased challenges and efforts to improve our overall effectiveness.

We see this as a work-in-progress, and your Board is committed to the continued ongoing development of the PAO as a valued service for our members.

Many members will never have to call upon your local association to represent them directly. Local associations will continue, however, to be engaged in an increasing number of activities that will affect the working conditions, health and safety, professional status and employment relationship for front-line police personnel.

The PAO provides support, training, guidance, advice, resource, and networking for local associations, to enhance these activities combined with representing member interests at the provincial level.

In past years, three different provincial governments have each chosen to make dramatic changes to policing as we know it. Somebody needs to be there watching out for the interests of front-line police personnel and the community that they serve.