New program designed to make Canada safer comes to Regina

Posted: June 21, 2012 11:30 a.m.

University of Regina President Vianne Timmons (front row, second from left) was on hand to hear National Defence Minister Peter MacKay's announcement about the establishment of the Canadian Safety and Security Program in Regina on June 17.
University of Regina President Vianne Timmons (front row, second from left) was on hand to hear National Defence Minister Peter MacKay's announcement about the establishment of the Canadian Safety and Security Program in Regina on June 17. Photo: Ian Hanna



Regina is home to a new program that will make Canada safer and U of R faculty members like Nick Jones are excited about the opportunities the new centre may open up to the University of Regina.

National Defence Minister Peter MacKay made the announcement about the establishment of the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP) in Regina on Sunday, June 17. The new centre, the only one of its kind in Canada, will focus on finding techniques and developing equipment to help primary first-responders (police, fire and EMS), the Canadian Forces, and border security personnel to do their work safely. The $43 million program will strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent and respond to crises.

Jones, an associate professor in the Department of Justice Studies and the University’s Police Studies Program coordinator, sees great possibilities from the program. “The tools, applications and policies generated out of the centre can provide valuable tools across a number of military and public safety agencies (police, fire, EMS and border services),” he says.

“This can, in turn, have a positive impact in providing Canadians in general, and graduates of our Police Studies Program in particular, with enhanced security by making available the tools that enhance the various agencies’ effectiveness in meeting their mandates.”

Its proximity to the University increases the potential for collaboration and cooperation between the centre and researchers at the University of Regina involved in many aspects of security. The centre could also provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to become involved in research projects directly related to their chosen occupational field.