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Ontario's police chiefs want power to suspend cops without pay

Ontario police chiefs have asked the provincial government to give them more authority to punish their officers

The provincial government is being asked by Ontario's chiefs of police to change the rules.

Top police officials want new authority to decide whether an officer who is suspected of a serious offense should be suspended with pay or with no pay.  

It wouldn't matter if the officer was on duty or off-duty at the time of the alleged offense.

As it stands now, chiefs have no option but to suspend with pay.

The Police Association of Ontario, representing the various police unions says this is not reasonable and that chief's should not have sole discretion in this matter.  

Association acting President Dan Axford says if there is going to be a change they want an independent third-party to be able to review any decision to suspend without pay.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 06/26/2014 09:47 AM
    Bad cops should be suspended by a rope around their necks...who cares about pay? They betray our trust, make them pay. Rob Ford was right...they're out to get us.
    1. tanjo posted on 06/26/2014 02:43 PM
      @Karl Burgin Thanks for playing, make-believe Karl.
    2. Karl Burgin posted on 06/26/2014 04:33 PM
      @tanjo You're welcome...I post because I steal. I'm too good for my job so I take my company's money and post stupid stuff all day while I should be working. We do this in India so it's OK here. Yes?
  2. john posted on 06/26/2014 10:25 AM
    if thay do that thay might end up with no cops enforcing the law .
  3. Ernie posted on 06/26/2014 11:11 AM
    Do you really think Wynne is going to go against the police union on this issue considering 4 weeks ago the police union handed her the election?

    Not fuckin likely !
    1. john posted on 06/26/2014 12:17 PM
      @Ernie thay should have handed her a citation for a court appearance on charges she had something to do with the gas power plaint scandal .
    2. tanjo posted on 06/26/2014 02:42 PM
      @john I am waiting for the outcome of the lawsuit on that one. Hudak and McLeod may be paying with more than their jobs.
    3. tanjo posted on 06/26/2014 02:45 PM
      @Ernie The police union supporting Wynne was a symptom of the problem, not the cause.
  4. frank posted on 06/26/2014 11:16 AM
    Just like any other union member, police have the remedy of filing a grievance for any dismissal. Therefore, the chiefs' request is reasonable and important for proper oversight.
    1. G Man posted on 06/26/2014 12:15 PM
      @frank The officer who's suspended can also be given back pay if it's determined he/she didn't act inappropriately.
  5. frank posted on 06/26/2014 06:20 PM
    Cops caught beating people on tape need the boot without pay. Less culpable-looking conduct might merit letting them do something else, such as searching for child porn makers and viewers, to earn their pay.
  6. frank posted on 07/01/2014 04:05 PM
    There is nothing in the police act which prevents firing without pay. The aggrieved officer can file a grievance and seek reintatement, but suitability should be posited front and centre at the time of hiring, leaving the chief full leeway to say 'enough'.
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