recceguy wrote:I figured they were specials as they aren't armed. I just didn't think the province would allow specials to have the word police in their title.....however I'll admit I don't know much about the special constable legislation or whatever it may be called.
It is called the "Nothing" as it does not exist. Special constables are allowed to be created via section 53 of the Ontario Police Services Act. It allows for them to exist but there is no legislated regulations to govern them (look, training, name...and so on).
Ontario special constables have existed in an unchanged state for eons. The OACP have been pushing the Ministry to create legislation to cover special constables and the Ministry does not seem to be in any hurry. What has worked for all this time is the sponsor police agency being a watch dog and pulling, threatening to pull, tweaking appointments when things start going south in a particular special constable agency. The Ministry seems or at least had been content with this.
Some examples of the he sponsor concept:
OPP - Go Transit, Provincial Legislation Security
Toronto Police Service - U of T, TTC, Toronto Housing
Hamilton Police Service - McMaster University
Each special constable agency operates under an agreement with their sponsor police agency which sets out within it their rules, if you will, of operation.
Waterloo Regional Police - U of Waterloo, Laurier University
Ottawa Police Service - Carleton University and OC Transpo
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