Justice and Public Safety
May 17, 2018

The following statement was given today in the House of Assembly by the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister of Justice and Public Safety:

Minister Parsons Recognizes Police Week 2018

Mr. Speaker, this week I have had the honour to participate in a number of activities to celebrate our Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and Royal Canadian Mounted Police as part of Police Week 2018, which is recognized from May 13 to 19.

On Monday, I joined my colleague the Minister of Health and Community Services, RNC Chief Joe Boland and RCMP Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark at the Elaine Dobbin Centre for Autism to launch Police Week 2018. The location of the event was significant as this week is intended to highlight the importance of partnerships in the community.

As a government, we have put an emphasis on working with police and community partners to ensure we are living and raising our families in one of the safest provinces in Canada. That security and peace of mind is a direct result of the hard-work, dedication, professionalism and commitment of the women and men in our police agencies.

While policing is a very rewarding job, it comes with significant risks. On Wednesday, I had the privilege of representing the province at a memorial service honouring officers who have died on the job. We recognize the sacrifice peace officers make to keep us safe and we are eternally grateful.

This morning, I was present for the launch of the RNC corporate plan, which outlines the agency’s goals for partnerships and engagement, organizational development, and crime reduction to build safe and healthy communities.

Mr. Speaker, I ask all Honourable members to join me in thanking members of the RNC and RCMP for their service and the important work they do to protect the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Thank you.

2018 05 17                                                    2:10 p.m.