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Pardons, which are now called Record Suspensions, are the last and most crucial step in the rehabilitation and reintegration of people in Canadian society. Chuck Mercier, Vice President of AllCleared. attended the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Annual General Meeting last weekend and talked about this essential component of community safety. AllCleared was proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the OACP 2018 conference.

This year’s theme was “The Future is Now!” which reflected the organization’s dedication to building partnerships with stakeholders and working together to achieve results.

When former offenders are able to put their lives back on track through work and community involvement, it gives them a sense of purpose and helps prevent recidivism. In fact, less than four percent of the thousands of Record Suspensions ordered every year by the Parole Board of Canada are revoked due to issues such as reoffending.

Mr Mercier is the former Deputy Chief of Durham Regional Police Service and former mayor of Scugog Township. He is a Member of the Order of Merit, the Honorary Colonel of the Ontario Regiment, and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his service to veterans.