Ten rules on how to treat an ...
Ten rules on how to treat an ...
Edmonton Police Officer
- Don't give them email access for sharing their views/thoughts/jokes within the department.
A racist e-mail circulated among some members in the Edmonton Police downtown division. Sources claim that it listed '10 rules for police officers who deal with aboriginals.'
- Don't openly criticize them.
Edmonton Sun columnist Kerry Diotte and police chairman Martin Ignasiak were targets of a police sting operation after both had been critical of the Edmonton Police in the media. Police staked out the Overtime bar, attended by a group of delegates from a journalists convention. They claimed they were acting on a tip that the columnist was inside and a risk to drink and drive.
- Don't accept the chief of police's indefinite sick leave request the day before he is ordered to appear before a review board.
Police Chief Fred Rayner claimed that the seven officers on the Overtime stake-out were doing their job and wouldn't face any discipline.
Shortly after this decision, the police radio transcripts from the stakeout were published. They revealed how much glee the officers were having at the chance to catch their most outspoken critics. Rayner abruptly stepped down the day before he was to appear to a review board, saying he was taking a medical leave of absence. His contract was cancelled the next day.
- Don't tell him/her that a hell's angel clubhouse is operating in your neighborhood.
Two Edmonton detectives came forward in the spring of 1999 with allegations that the force had been infiltrated by the Hells Angels and other elements of organized crime. They also claimed the chief at the time, John Lindsay, was ignoring their concerns.
- Always promise them a kickback and gifts if you're supplying their photo radar systems.
The RCMP is investigating allegations that several Edmonton traffic officers inappropriately accepted gifts from a private photo-radar company and that the department attempted to award a $90-million contract without any public tender.
- Don't defend those that question their treatment by officers.
Through a Freedom of Information request a lawyer has learned that 10 police service members, ran his name at least 16 times over a five-year period through several information systems that by law are supposed to be restricted to police work.
- Don't allow them access to a national RCMP electronic database of private/personal information that should be used for only for criminal investigations.
- Don't let them pick their own outfits to wear during an internal investigation.
Several Edmonton police officers wore T-shirts warning other members not to "rat" on their colleagues when the department was under internal investigation for allegedly assaulting street people.
- Don't give them any reason to pepper spray you and/or put you in the trunk of their car.
Internal affairs officers are investigating allegations that two police officers pepper-sprayed and then stuffed a man into the trunk of their cruiser after he caused trouble during a traffic stop. The Crown had to abruptly drop charges of resisting arrest against the man after the officers, during cross-examination, suddenly couldn't remember how their prisoner was transported to jail. The police are also being sued in that case.
- Do list them as possible human rights violators.
The Edmonton's Police Service was mentioned in a U.S. State Department annual report on human rights.
The report noted that "During the year, police in Edmonton were accused of using excessive force when responding to minor infractions in the city's tourist district. Among other incidents, police allegedly knocked a man to the ground for jaywalking; repeatedly kicked a person for swearing at officers; and repeatedly hit a handcuffed person in the face."
I should mention that I do support the efforts of the Edmonton Police Service, with the exception of some of their Photo Radar tactics.
I do know three officers that are in different divisions. One was pretty much a jerk when I knew him many years ago - I've heard that he was put on desk duty after he 'totaled one of their cars.'
The other two are straight arrows - one of them, my neighbor, left the traffic division after he got tired of seeing bodies get scraped off the the street. He's often presented viewpoints that reveal he has a level head regarding traffic enforcement.