Policy No: 04/04
Effective Date: March 24, 2004
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) sets out the responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers for workplace safety.
Section 3 of O. Reg. 123/98 (“General”), made under the Police Services Act (PSA), requires that all articles of uniform and equipment necessary for the performance of duty shall be provided by the municipality, but, where a uniform or equipment is damaged or lost through the fault of the member of a police force, the member shall bear the cost of replacement.
Section 135 of the PSA allows for the making of regulations regarding the use of any equipment by a police force or any of its members. “Regulation 926 (“Equipment and Use of Force”)”, under the PSA, sets out requirements in relation to the use of force, including use of approved weapons, training, reporting and use/technical specifications for handguns.
It is the policy of the Regional Municipality of York Police Services Board with respect to secure holsters that:
The Chief of Police will:
ensure the provision of secure holster equipment that is constructed to provide the level of protection that is necessary for the performance of duty including:
inhibiting the handgun from being drawn inadvertently;
inhibiting the handgun from being withdrawn by an unauthorized person; and
permitting the rapid unimpeded drawing of the handgun should it be required; and
consult with designated employee representatives regarding the acquisition of secure holsters.