Pctrists investigated over complaints

Michael Bearsley argues that social media is driving the police complaints against his police director The mayor of Brampton says city officials have been “vindicated” by an independent review of complaints against his police…

Pctrists investigated over complaints

Michael Bearsley argues that social media is driving the police complaints against his police director

The mayor of Brampton says city officials have been “vindicated” by an independent review of complaints against his police director that found no evidence of professional misconduct.

“I am pleased that, with the recommendation of an independent review process, we have been vindicated. This is a strong statement that the actions of the Brampton Police Service have been monitored and they continue to be overseen and overseen and overseen,” Mayor Virginia Walby said.

However, Barbara Davis, the director of the city’s human resources department, said the review is not sufficient.

“While I know the members of the Brampton Police Service pride themselves on their independence, the independence of the commission’s review is narrow in scope and, therefore, is not enough to exonerate the Brampton Police Service from the allegations of professional misconduct,” Ms Davis said.

“Although the independent review provides the Brampton Police Service with a clear sense of how the commission has reached its conclusions, the Brampton Police Service has a duty of care to its members, which, without a broader framework of misconduct allegations, the Brampton Police Service will always be in a position to address.”

The independent review of the Commissioner’s Recommendations on Discrimination Against Women came about after complaints from women against a police officer.

The case prompted an internal review by the police officer, Jim Kerr, that was also conducted by an independent investigator.

“The purpose of the external review, which included Dr. Paul Joy, was to determine whether there had been any breaches of a collective agreement and Ontario human rights legislation. It was to prevent such breaches from taking place in the future and to provide the police service with feedback, direction and recommendations,” said Ms Walby.

Ms Walby said there were no immediate grounds for complaint against the human resources director.

“But the findings of the commission do provide the Brampton Police Service with clarity on future cultural change and discipline and, most importantly, it is an opportunity to learn,” she said.

“There is a lot of work to be done.”

Mayor Virginia Walby was questioned about the scope of the independent review by the CBC.

CBC journalist Nick Koehler wanted to know why the review looked at the police employee and not her boss, Barbara Davis.

“Isn’t that the same human resources department, the one in charge of firing the police officer, the one in charge of disciplining the officer, of keeping police officers employed?

“And wasn’t that the people who complained against the employee?”

“Yes,” she said.

However, the mayor said it was the human resources manager’s job to review any complaints against the police officer and under the workplace conduct policy it was their job to resolve any allegations of professional misconduct against police officers.

“I understand your dilemma, but as you know, I am trying to make a very significant positive point for my community,” she said.

Leave a Comment