the police union is sending out"protection packages" to its members after a 400-per-cent increase in discipline charges against coppers.
The 13-page document, a copy of which was sent to NOW in a brown envelope this week, sets out rules cops should abide by in order to stay out of trouble. It covers everything from writing notes in memo books, executing search warrants and making personal calls during work hours to bringing prisoners meals.
The covering letter addressed to members says rules should be followed "to the letter."
It goes on to say that, "We have heard loud and clear from the chief that he expects all employees to follow the rules.
"In doing so, you will be protecting yourself against criticism and the ever- looming scrutiny of internal and external charges and investigations. Keep your package in a convenient location so you may refer to it as you work."
The document says that "many members are facing criminal charges for simply doing their jobs," and that grievances against uniformed and civilian rank and file are "increasing weekly."
Sounds like the chief's dropping the hammer. The Police Association is declining to offer any comment.