It seems Craig Bromell's first order of business after union elections close this week will be to take American-style police union politics the ultimate step further by joining the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO).
It's a scary prospect for cops trying to rein in Bromell. NAPO represents 4,000 police unions and some 225,000 officers stateside. The group has a National Law Enforcement Officer Rights Center "to protect officers' legal and constitutional rights."
NAPO says it hasn't received a formal request from Bromell about joining yet, but Toronto Police Association spokesperson Audrey Douglas says the proposal should be arriving within weeks. The Police Association of Ontario, meanwhile, is a little miffed Bromell has decided to take his members' union dues south.
PAO president Bruce Miller won't say much on the subject except to offer that he doesn't think it will set a precedent.