Actions of Hamilton Police officers show disrespect to residents

Opinion Jun 24, 2015 Stoney Creek News

If the Hamilton Police Service believes it doesn’t have a problem with their officers’ reputation within the community, members of the board and Police Chief Glenn De Caire should remove their heads from the metaphorical sand.

After seven members of the high-profile Hamilton Police ACTION squad, which patrols in downtown Hamilton on their bicycles, were arrested and charged with falsifying tickets, it’s a wonder that Hamilton residents have any faith in their police anymore. Seven officers have been suspended with pay (as required under the Police Services Act), five of whom will appear in court, after an investigation revealed the coordinated plan to falsify tickets. The charges range from breach of trust to fabricating evidence. It’s expected Police Services Act charges will be laid sometime later.

Yet again the Hamilton Police Service’s actions have prompted residents to ask a fundamental question about their police service: Can we trust them?

The falsifying ticket scandal is only the latest in a long line of incidents involving the Hamilton Police. There is also the case of two long-time officers who have been arrested and are facing charges involving perjury, fabrication of evidence and obstruction of justice. The fact that one of the officers had even been named Hamilton Police Service’s “Member of the Month” last August further stretches the limits of the public’s patience.

In fact, thanks to the Police Services Act, taxpayers are paying a dozen Hamilton officers to sit at home at a cost of half a million dollars.

While these are disturbing incidents — notwithstanding the financial price being paid — they are not the only blight on the Hamilton Police Service. Remember taxpayers were on the hook for nearly $600,000 in salary for former Hamilton police inspector David Doel. He was first suspended in 2009. Last year after months of delay, Doel, facing 14 counts of misconduct under the Police Services Act, including having sex on the job, had the charges against him stayed, six months shy of receiving his full retirement package.

Despite a new police chief, and supposedly a new way of policing Hamilton, the city’s officers continue to abuse their power, and are allowed to not only disrespect the Hamilton Police Service, but also thumb their nose at the public.

This latest scandal only highlights the fact that the Hamilton Police Service is failing to keep the trust of the public, becoming more every day like the fictional comedy team the Keystone Cops rather than serving the public’s interest and protecting the community.

Actions of Hamilton Police officers show disrespect to residents

Opinion Jun 24, 2015 Stoney Creek News

If the Hamilton Police Service believes it doesn’t have a problem with their officers’ reputation within the community, members of the board and Police Chief Glenn De Caire should remove their heads from the metaphorical sand.

After seven members of the high-profile Hamilton Police ACTION squad, which patrols in downtown Hamilton on their bicycles, were arrested and charged with falsifying tickets, it’s a wonder that Hamilton residents have any faith in their police anymore. Seven officers have been suspended with pay (as required under the Police Services Act), five of whom will appear in court, after an investigation revealed the coordinated plan to falsify tickets. The charges range from breach of trust to fabricating evidence. It’s expected Police Services Act charges will be laid sometime later.

Yet again the Hamilton Police Service’s actions have prompted residents to ask a fundamental question about their police service: Can we trust them?

The falsifying ticket scandal is only the latest in a long line of incidents involving the Hamilton Police. There is also the case of two long-time officers who have been arrested and are facing charges involving perjury, fabrication of evidence and obstruction of justice. The fact that one of the officers had even been named Hamilton Police Service’s “Member of the Month” last August further stretches the limits of the public’s patience.

In fact, thanks to the Police Services Act, taxpayers are paying a dozen Hamilton officers to sit at home at a cost of half a million dollars.

While these are disturbing incidents — notwithstanding the financial price being paid — they are not the only blight on the Hamilton Police Service. Remember taxpayers were on the hook for nearly $600,000 in salary for former Hamilton police inspector David Doel. He was first suspended in 2009. Last year after months of delay, Doel, facing 14 counts of misconduct under the Police Services Act, including having sex on the job, had the charges against him stayed, six months shy of receiving his full retirement package.

Despite a new police chief, and supposedly a new way of policing Hamilton, the city’s officers continue to abuse their power, and are allowed to not only disrespect the Hamilton Police Service, but also thumb their nose at the public.

This latest scandal only highlights the fact that the Hamilton Police Service is failing to keep the trust of the public, becoming more every day like the fictional comedy team the Keystone Cops rather than serving the public’s interest and protecting the community.

Actions of Hamilton Police officers show disrespect to residents

Opinion Jun 24, 2015 Stoney Creek News

If the Hamilton Police Service believes it doesn’t have a problem with their officers’ reputation within the community, members of the board and Police Chief Glenn De Caire should remove their heads from the metaphorical sand.

After seven members of the high-profile Hamilton Police ACTION squad, which patrols in downtown Hamilton on their bicycles, were arrested and charged with falsifying tickets, it’s a wonder that Hamilton residents have any faith in their police anymore. Seven officers have been suspended with pay (as required under the Police Services Act), five of whom will appear in court, after an investigation revealed the coordinated plan to falsify tickets. The charges range from breach of trust to fabricating evidence. It’s expected Police Services Act charges will be laid sometime later.

Yet again the Hamilton Police Service’s actions have prompted residents to ask a fundamental question about their police service: Can we trust them?

The falsifying ticket scandal is only the latest in a long line of incidents involving the Hamilton Police. There is also the case of two long-time officers who have been arrested and are facing charges involving perjury, fabrication of evidence and obstruction of justice. The fact that one of the officers had even been named Hamilton Police Service’s “Member of the Month” last August further stretches the limits of the public’s patience.

In fact, thanks to the Police Services Act, taxpayers are paying a dozen Hamilton officers to sit at home at a cost of half a million dollars.

While these are disturbing incidents — notwithstanding the financial price being paid — they are not the only blight on the Hamilton Police Service. Remember taxpayers were on the hook for nearly $600,000 in salary for former Hamilton police inspector David Doel. He was first suspended in 2009. Last year after months of delay, Doel, facing 14 counts of misconduct under the Police Services Act, including having sex on the job, had the charges against him stayed, six months shy of receiving his full retirement package.

Despite a new police chief, and supposedly a new way of policing Hamilton, the city’s officers continue to abuse their power, and are allowed to not only disrespect the Hamilton Police Service, but also thumb their nose at the public.

This latest scandal only highlights the fact that the Hamilton Police Service is failing to keep the trust of the public, becoming more every day like the fictional comedy team the Keystone Cops rather than serving the public’s interest and protecting the community.