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Welcome to the National Joint Committee - Pacific Region

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.