Policy Bulletin

Policy Bulletin 503

Why was the policy changed?

This policy has been updated to define and clarify the roles and responsibilities regarding the safeguarding of security equipment, and to better define the processes for approval, evaluation, procurement and disposal of security equipment.

The policy was also modified as a result of the Commissioner’s Directives Standardization Project.

What has changed?

Statements of responsibilities and accountabilities for various levels of staff and management have been clearly defined.

Several modifications have been made to the document. These include:

  • a new look, resulting in stand-alone English and French versions;
  • a clearer context for the policy document by including its relation to the Program Alignment Architecture, the Office(s) of Primary Interest as well as information on dates of past reviews and future ones;
  • the purpose, which replaces the “policy objective”, is more practical in nature; and
  • a more concise language/style is used throughout the document.

How was it developed?

The policy change was developed by the Security Branch. Various stakeholders at National Headquarters and the regions were also consulted.


Positions responsible for purchase, evaluation care and control and use of security equipment.

Accountability at various levels of management as well as for the Correctional Officers and Security Maintenance Officers.

Who will be affected by the policy?

All CSC management and all staff responsible for purchase, evaluation, care and control and the use of security equipment.

Expected cost?



  • Rob Ferguson
  • A/Senior Project Officer
  • 613-947-0880
  • Rob.Ferguson@csc-scc.gc.ca
  • Security Operations, NHQ

For more information

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