ABLE 25th Anniversary Featured
Celebrating 25 years
Thank you for attending our 1st Annual Leadership Seminar
On behalf of the Association we would like to thank those of you for attending our 1st annual seminar. We hope that you found the seminar enlightening, we believe that our diverse and dynamic set of speakers, provided you with in depth insight as well as actionable and practical tools for the advancement in our roles as leaders.
A Big THANK YOU to the Distinguished Individuals who made our day successful and memorable...your wisdom will always be truly appreciated...!
Your presence help to make the event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirts helped made out time together productive and fun.
We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with the association.
Please stay tuned for information regarding the next session in the Leadership series, by visiting ableorg.ca
Superintendent Keith Merith, York Regional Police Service
Keith Merith is a 30 year veteran of the York Regional Police Service who exemplifies what it means to ensure citizens feel safe and secure through excellence in policing. He has formally achieved the rank of Superintendent, presently assigned to Court Services and Information Management. His former assignment was in Corporate Development as the Officer-in-Charge of Professional Development which includes Staff Development and Recruiting. However, his legacy extends beyond title to include building visible and accessible policing units integrated with the community and instrumental in solving and preventing crime.
Keith was previously the President of the Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE), focusing on promoting racial harmony and cultural pride within law enforcement and the community. The ABLE organization also puts an emphasis on providing scholarships to black and other racial minority students pursuing post-secondary studies in law enforcement, corrections, criminology and law. Keith is also the co-founder of the Citizenship Initiative Group leading permanent residents to take the next step towards Canadian Citizenship.
In 2013, Keith was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his outstanding contribution to our Canadian community.
The Association of Black Law Enforcers is very proud of Keith and his tremendous accomplishments. He is a positive role model to everyone.
We wish you all of the best in your retirement, and know that you will continue to serve your community.
Save the Date
ABLE 25th Anniversary
Training Conference and Awards Gala
Date Change: Due to unforseen circumstances, our annual awards gala will take place in the fall.
Date to be confirmed shortly. Stay tuned.
Spring Professional Networking Mixer
Friday, June 9, 2017 6:00 PM - 10 PM
CONNECT 2017 is a FREE networking event which will bring together over 20 professional (private and public) and charitable organizations serving the GTA.
CONNECT 2017 will bring together young and seasoned professionals, entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs who understand the value in making professional and civic connections. This is an ACTIVE networking event so be ready to mix it up!
Ottawa police don wristbands in support of officer charged with manslaughter
$2 wristbands bearing message 'united we stand' is in poor taste, critics say
The show of support is raising concerns both inside and outside the force, however.
A police officer who spoke to the CBC on the condition of anonymity said he won't wear the bracelet, and said other officers won't, either.
'It's going to set us back, in terms of trust and the relationship-building that we've been working on over the past year.'- Ketcia Peters, COMPAC
"I think it hurts the integrity of the service," the officer said. "It's taking sides."
Ketcia Peters, co-chair of Ottawa's Community and Police Action Committee (COMPAC), said she met Tuesday with members of the police service to express her concern over the bracelets.
"Think of how the Abdi family will feel, knowing this. What kind of message does it send?" Peters asked.
Peters said while she can understand the desire of some officers to show solidarity, she fears the community — particularly Ottawa's black community — will be deeply offended by the message the bracelets are sending while the death of Abdi, a Somali-Canadian, is under investigation.
"It's going to set us back, in terms of trust and the relationship-building that we've been working on over the past year. It's going set us back.
Bracelets 'in bad taste'
Aisha Sherazi, another member of COMPAC, also had concerns.
"I think it's in bad taste that police are presenting themselves as judge and jury before a court case is over," Sherazi said. "They wouldn't do that for any other member of the public, and they shouldn't do that for themselves."
Skof said the bracelets merely represent solidarity with a fellow officer going through a difficult time, and nothing more.
"This has nothing to do with the relations we have with the community. This has nothing to do with race. This is not a public campaign. It's a member-driven initiative, an internal initiative for expressing support for a fellow colleague, in a very difficult profession going through a very difficult time."
Earlier this month, Ontario's police watchdog charged Montsion with manslaughter, aggravated assault and assault with a weapon in Abdi's death.
Abdi, 37, lost vital signs during a confrontation with Montsion and Const. Dave Weir on Sunday, July 24, 2016. He was pronounced dead in hospital the following afternoon.
Montsion had a court appearance in Ottawa Wednesday and his case was remanded until May. The 36-year-old had been on desk duty throughout the investigation and is now suspended with pay.
The SIU investigates cases of death, serious injury or sexual assault involving police in the province.
A previous version of this story stated that the Ottawa Police Association ordered and distributed the wristbands. In fact, the wristbands were ordered by officers themselves.Mar 29, 2017 7:55 AM ET
Boxer, ex-Olympian Custio Clayton claims he was profiled by Montreal police
MONTREAL — A professional boxer and former Canadian Olympian claims he was the victim of racial profiling when he was pulled over and detained by Montreal police on Tuesday.
Custio Clayton, 29, says a police officer accused him of being a drug dealer, handcuffed him and placed him in the back of a squad car while she searched his vehicle.
"I guess seeing a black guy driving a big car, that has to be the reason why," he said on Wednesday during an interview with The Canadian Press.
The native of Dartmouth, N.S., who has lived and trained in Montreal since 2014, said he was humiliated.
"I always try to do the right thing," Clayton said. "Even though you try to stick to yourself and try to do the right thing, some people are always going to look at you the way they want to look at you and that's what I feel happened yesterday."
Clayton had just returned from training in Cornwall, Ont. and was minutes from home when he was stopped.
He was driving a courtesy car — a new rental SUV supplied by his insurance company.
The officer initially refused to tell him why she had stopped his vehicle, he said.
He said she eventually told him he was under arrest for suspicion of being a drug dealer and having drugs in his car.
"I didn't know what to say anymore," said Clayton.
The father of four said he sat handcuffed in a police car while she searched his vehicle, finding only child car seats and boxing gear.
"This is the first time in my life that I've had handcuffs on and been accused of something that I know I'm not," Clayton said he'd told the officer.
Clayton said the female officer was apologetic after her search turned up empty and told him it was the first time she'd been wrong in 20 years of policing.
She gave him a ticket for having improper paperwork for the rental and let him go.
Montreal police spokesman Benoit Boisselle said the force is aware of the claims but he wasn't prepared to comment.
"For now, we have to look at everything that happened in that incident," he said.
Undefeated since turning pro in 2014, Clayton just missed out on a medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
He is scheduled to fight next week in Cornwall, and said his focus is on that fight.
Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press
Independent Police Oversight Review: OHRC calls for implementation of recommendations and a renewed commitment to address systemic discrimination
Race Data and Traffic Stops in Ottawa
By Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane
OHRC Submission to the Independent Review of Police Oversight Bodies
Street Checks and Racial Profiling are serious issues that have been
occuring within policing. A.B.L.E. has submitted documents
discussing the issues.
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