Politicians are afraid of the Police unions because they probably have the most to fear.
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 20 February 2016 at 09:51
Easy to say, if you don't know the system.
Since the newly-departed Deputy Chief's name was in the news ,we learned three complaints had been filed against him. The Police Association have authority to request a public inquiry .
We had opportunity to watch how that worked against the York Regional Police Chief I referred to yesterday.
Representatives from three police agencies formed the investigating team; R.CM.P, O.P.P. and Y.R.P.
The search for wrong-doing went on for years. To justify the time and money spent, they have to come up with something. The Aurora Banner published every nefarious suggestion by unidentified complainants .
One after another they fizzled to nothing. But the effect was corrosive. Harm was accomplished.
A previously, early-retired chief was brought back,at public expense from Florida to tell tales. He cheerfully obliged.
On his retirement, he informed the board he would not attend a tacky retirement dinner in his honour.
He knew of a Chief who was presented with an R.V. on retirement.
He got neither the dinner nor the R.V.
During the period of investigation, China was changing their system of government and teams of officials came to Canada to understand municipalities organization.
Canada's Police were invited , at China's expense, to visit and share expertise in policing. A Chinese- speaking officer went along on the trip with the regional team.
An allegation was made against him of nefarious activities on the trip. The Banner sucked it up and spat it out as news. Nothing came of it but the Officer departed the force soon after.
The region was becoming more diverse every day. The Asian community had taken over Markham without a single shot being fired. Much like the Italian community did earlier in Woodbridge.
A Chinese -speaking officer was a valuable resource to the department. Also a target of resentment and envy.
We all watched former Toronto Chief Bill Blair blatant harassment of the last Mayor.
He told the media the Mayor was being investigated. He put a helicopter in the air to tail the Mayor and his friend and videoed him putting a plastic bag of empties into a park receptacle and taking a leak behind a tree.
The video was made available to the media. But not the price of procuring it. Nobody asked. Not even the Ford Brothers.
Helicopters cost thousands to hoist aloft. Public resources were used to SPY on the city's Mayor and kept media involved in regular wild goose chases.
Rob Ford , Conservative, handily beat out George Smitherman,Liberal ,in the previous Mayoralty.
The Mayor's friend was eventually charged with criminal offences. A trial was held and the charges were dismissed.
Somewhere in there, a Crown Attorney is responsible to determine if sufficient evidence exists to prosecute a charge. Crown Attorneys are employed by the province. Liberals in power.
Blair was not terminated for his conduct which was a breach of the Police Act which prohibits the police from involvement in politics.
His contract was not renewed.
He retired unscathed.
He was not pleased.
The media dutifully reported that as well
But he went on to bigger and better things. He was sought as a Liberal candidate in the federal election and won the seat in Trudeau,The Younger's new Parliament.
Trudeau ,the Elder hated the media's prurient interest in his personal life and made no secret of his rage.
Whereupon reporters who created the Trudeau glamour myth promptly proceeded to unmake it.
At one time, the Ontario Police Commission had authority over all police services. Like Ontario Water Resources Commission had responsibility to ensure people of Ontario had clean water to
drink, the Police Commission had even more significant responsibility to ensure considerable power of the police would be kept in check.
Then Regions were created. Town and village forces amalgamated and became armies . Police Associations represented thousands, garnered millions in association dues and became more far more powerful than politicians.
Follow the money.
Indications of that power are reported every day in Toronto and national media. It's not subtle.
Mealy-mouthed Saunders was chosen to succeed Bumbling Blair as an example.
Big Mike McCormack's reaction to the recent jury verdict of "attempted murder" is another.
Marching side by side,the two big fellas,McCormack and the defense lawyer vowed to have the verdict stayed.
Police morale is the motivation always trotted out
The Police Act includes a Code of Discipline for police. It governs every aspect of the job right down to proper dress .
An officer has an obligation to report any infraction observed. They are required to report on each other. It may not be used as intended but it is meant to be used and can be used against an officer who might displease another or the police association.
Like a Code of Conduct for Councillors, judgement is not required . Conduct is strictly governed by a code.
No doubt the reason no test of judgement is part of the police selection process.
The Code is deemed sufficient to gaurantee a high standard of conduct.
What bullshit!!! The theory is as antediluvian as creationism.
Politicians are not the only ones with reason to fear.
The Power is untrammeled and has been since regional governments were created.
No-one is safe.
Everybody panders to the police.