Saint Boniface MP Shelly Glover is going to chair a new Conservative Law Enforcement Officers’ Caucus.
Glover is on leave from the Winnipeg Police Service and is the first female police officer ever elected to parliament. She was elected last October for the first time.
She will chair the new group which counts four members total – Rob Clarke from Saskatchewan and Dave Mackenzie and Rick Norlock from Ontario.
"We are the only party that has elected police officers," Glover said today.
Clarke is an 18 year veteran of the RCMP in Saskatchewan, Mackenzie was the chief of police in Woodstock, Ont. and Norlock was an officer with the Ontario Provincial Police for 30 years. Glover was with the WPS for almost 19 years in a variety of positions.
She said police officers who have worked on the front lines of the justice system are in a great position to influence the government to make reforms to the system that actually work.
Glover said the group will be a liaison between police officers and the prime ministers’ office and the justice minister, to ensure the voices of people who really know what the situation is like, and what is needed, have their voices heard.
She specifically mentioned the Youth Criminal Justice Act as one area that needs a lot of improvement and would benefit from the knowledge of people who have dealt first hand with kids who break the law.