NEARLY 350 OFFICERS DISCIPLINED
The police have high expectations placed upon them, as they are ideally a group of protectors, defenders, and enforcement of the law. While the majority of police may still meet these high expectations, a Toronto Star investigation recently uncovered some “hidden truths” in how the minority of police officers who do act badly are being disciplined and reprimanded for their poor behaviour inside and outside their role as police officers.
Overall, some overarching themes exposed through the investigation included police officers being treated too lightly for serious misconduct, and a lack of transparency. Many people would surely be shocked to find that some officers they may be approaching for help have in the past been involved in the following activities:
- A York Region rookie hits his wife with an open hand so hard he ruptures her eardrum.
- A Toronto police constable cheats on his sergeant exam on three separate occasions by having his girlfriend, who was also a police officer, radio him the answers.
- An OPP constable drives a homeless Aboriginal man several kilometres out of town, and leaves him to walk back at dusk along a busy highway in near-freezing temperatures.
The above officers are still part of the police force, and when you think of the possible scenarios that could ensue—such as a victim of domestic abuse approaching an officer for help, when he himself abuses his wife—these are terribly problematic situations.