Stop easy access to PALs on CPIC

Stop easy access to PALsPolice violate privacy rights

Access to PAL’s on CPIC violates citizen’s privacy rights.

Supposedly, this is for public safety, but this is dangerously false.

It is standard policy for the police to check CPIC to see if anyone holds a PAL when they go out on a call. This is wrong headed. PAL holders are not more likely to be violent than other Canadians.

What’s the research?

According to Statistics Canada, PAL holders are actually less likely to commit murder than are other Canadians.  I have so testified to Parliament — and to the Senate of Canada — based on my Special Requests to Statistics Canada.

But are the PAL holders who police encounter more likely to be violent? No. Next question?

The Police have never produced any pertinent statistics to support the claim that licensed gun owners pose a threat to police. In truth, they cannot.

To know if law-abiding firearms owners pose a risk to police, it is necessary to examine police killings specifically to discover the number of murderers who hold a firearms licence. Only in this way can it be determined just how often licensed gun owners have shot and killed law enforcement officers.

According to my analysis of another Special Request to Statistics Canada, PAL holders do not pose any greater threat to police than anyone else.

This article presents what I found when I submitted a Special Request to Statistics Canada asking that they examine the homicide statistics and report to me how many police officers were victims of firearm-related homicide between 1997 and 2013, and, how many accused held a valid firearm licence or FAC. (When I made this request, 2013 was the most recent year data were available).

Conclusions and recommendations

Instead of relying upon a flawed data base, older, wiser police officers know they should ALWAYS assume a gun could be at a residence. It’s dangerous to assume that no PAL means no gun. Unfortunately, younger officers believe what they’ve been told. This could get officers killed.

It’s time to get PAL’s off CPIC. Not only does this policy put PAL holders at risk, undermine public support for the police, but it puts officers at greater risk.

 

5 Comments on "Stop easy access to PALs on CPIC"

  1. I to am greatly disturbed and frustrated by this. Thanks for spreading the message with this article, and for your work in researching it. I sure wish that the court decision to banish the long gun registry would have clearly included the CPIC. BTW, I typically own up to my opinions, but I don’t feel I even want to put my name on this comment as it could get me placed on some (illegal) Big Brother list.:-(

  2. what is CPIS? If my number is on there, how did it get there? If it is there, how do I get it off there?

    • CPIC is the Canadian Police Information Centre — the police use it to check the information on PAL holders. If you have a PAL, you are on the police computer.

      No, I don’t like it. Read the article and you’ll learn more that you don’t like.

  3. James S Cooper | July 19, 2017 at 6:51 am | Reply

    Unfortunately this is the way Canadians are being treated by our Government today. If there is a proper way to treat citizens a way will be found to skirt it. The police have their own laws, an example is break and enter and theft. All one has to do is ask the gun owners in High River, AB. I used to think RCMP was a class force but not anymore.

    • Have the RCMP learned their lesson after the High River escapades? We’ll see when the fires are out and the BC refugees return home. A strong, nation-wide, centralized, and professional police force can be a serious threat to democracy. It all depends upon their respect for democratic institutions. If, like J Edgar Hoover and the FBI, they keep dossiers on politicians, their power may well be unlimited. Good luck to us.

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