Just when you thought the frosty relationship between police union head Craig Bromell and chief Julian Fantino couldn't get any icier.... Thirty-two pages of this month's Tour Of Duty, the union's mag, are devoted to kvetches about alleged abuses by senior command. It's hard to believe the kinds of things cops are whining about these days.
COPPERS ARE COMPLAINING ABOUT:
A FORCE POLICY prohibiting them from taking their guns home.
THE FIRING of a sergeant convicted of a domestic-related offence after he was prohibited from carrying a firearm.
OFFICERS RECEIVING stiffer penalties for impaired driving offences than the average 10 days forfeiture of pay that used to be meted out.
charges of unnecessary and unlawful use of force being laid against two officerscaught by TV cameras beating a suspect.
TWO COPS suspected of milking court-time pay being charged with insubordination and discreditable conduct.
A CONSTABLE being disciplined for being lazy.
THE FIRING of a civilianemployee attached to the force's firearms unit who was charged with possession of stolen property and failure to report wrongdoing involving senior officers to internal affairs.
A FORCE POLICY that retains records of officers involved in domestic incidents.
a charge of insubordination being laid against an officerfor failing to attend a community policing conference and instead testifying at a friend's sentencing hearing.
the disciplining of a constable for ticketing motorists going 1 kilometre above the speed limit.
AN OFFICER being charged with insubordination for refusing to answer questions from internal affairs.
SENIOR COMMAND not sending enough cops to deal with protestors at last June's demo at Queen's Park.
the transfer of a cop facing disciplinary charges to a job washing police vehicles.
A POLICE OFFICER being charged with insubordination for failing to submit an incident report after a man he took to the hospital died of head injuries.
COPS NOT being REIMBURSED for mileage for transporting police property to and from work.
THE SMALL SPIKE that holds the police badge to new caps posing a safety hazard. (It's a jungle out there.)
the demotion of a cop who broke into another officer's locker and pleaded guilty to discipline charges.
A COP BEING WRITTEN up for showing up late for work.
the suspension of an off-duty officerfor seven days after a dispute with a member of the public who made robbery allegations against the cop.
THE FORCE REFUSING to pay the legal bills of some cops charged with criminal offences or named in civil suits.
SENIOR CIVILIAN members of the force being made members of the union.
HAVING TO SIGN all documents in black ink as per force policy.
NOT ENOUGH security -- cameras, fencing, etc -- at police stations.