The Committee and Its Operations
Memberships on the National Joint Committee consist of senior officials appointed by the following agencies: the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Correctional Service of Canada, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC), the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel, BC Provincial Corrections, and the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
The NJC – Meeting a Special Need
The National Joint Committee is managed by the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The NJC was originally established by the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) and the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for increased communication understanding and cooperation among the police, courts and correctional authorities in reducing crime and protecting the public.
The program is based on the principles that none of the agencies within the criminal justice system can operate in isolation and that all agencies must maintain strong and efficient communication, consultation and coordination to ensure that the criminal justice process more effective.
The committee formed in 1973, now enjoys a unique position in criminal justice in five regions and approximately twenty five districts and zones across Canada. It brings together, through its network of committees, personnel at various levels from participating agencies to discuss policies, procedures, programs and initiatives that cut across their jurisdictional lines. It plays a vital role in promoting mutual understanding of roles and issues among criminal justice agencies. The NJC acts as an agent of change in fostering cooperation and support of activities in the areas of communication, sharing of information education and training. The NJC encourages the direct exchange of data and police information to ensure effective development within the system and, as a result, it has become as recognized mechanism for consultation by participating agencies.
A Network of Working Groups
Since 1973, five regional sub-committees and approximately twenty-five district and/or zone subcommittees have been established across the country. These groups operate under the same mandate of the parent organization and bring together personnel with a multitude of skills and expertise in all area of criminal justice. Close to fifty meetings are held each year including major workshops in all regions.
The National Joint Committee and its working groups have sponsored many workshops concerning a variety of issues and projects. Committee members and staff meet regularly with law enforcement, judicial and government officials, practitioners, academics and others. These consultants serve as a sounding board for new ideas and proposed recommendations and are found at the national, regional and local levels; their knowledge and experience assist committees throughout the country.
In addition to meetings of the NJC and subcommittees, members participate on a continuing basis, by the nature of their work in the system, in discussing issues, preparing materials and developing solutions to various problems raised at committee level.
Officials of the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Justice Department are invited to participate in discussions to share information about their work, initiatives and legislative proposals of their Ministry.
Many of the regional and zone sub-committees now enjoy the participation of judges, provincial correctional personnel and after care agencies.
Should you wish more information about this committee and its operations you may call (613) 998-3606 or write to: National Coordinator, National Joint Committee, Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 340 Laurie Ave. West, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P8.
The Pacific Region NJC
The Pacific Region Executive has representation from municipal police and RCMP, the Parole Board of Canada (PBC), Crown, Provincial Corrections and the Correctional Service of Canada. There are five zones in B.C. and the Yukon. They are the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, the Interior, Northern and Fraser Valley. These zone committees are all well represented by criminal justice personnel.
For inquiries regarding The Pacific Region National Joint Committee you may write to: Pacific Region Chair, Cari Turi, Correctional Service Canada, 200 - 1945 McCallum Road, Abbotsford B.C. V2S 3N2 or call 604-870-2693.